Leicester players in tears as stadium falls silent to remember Vichai

An emotional minute’s silence was held at Leicester City’s first game since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash a week ago.

Leicester City players and staff were in tears as fans held aloft their club scarves in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

A huge flag tribute was also revealed in the stands before kick-off and players wore their own t-shirt tributes to the man they affectionately called ‘The Boss’.

The game against Cardiff was the Foxes’ first since Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people were killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium.

Manager Claude Puel had said the result in Cardiff was “not important” but forward Jamie Vardy said the players wanted to play so they can honour Srivaddhanaprabha.

Many of the players were close to the club owner and thought of him as a father figure.

Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began at a temple in Bangkok today, with the billionaire accorded a ‘royal’ funeral in Thailand.

His body was flown to Thailand on Friday, ahead of the official ceremony which lasts until 9 November.

Leicester players are due to fly out to the funeral after the game.