Leicester will travel to Cardiff on coach instead of by plane

Virginia Santiago
November 1, 2018

The helicopter crashed just metres from the stadium on Saturday, 27th October shortly after Leicester City's 1-1 draw with West Ham United.

"Leicester City's Premier League fixture at Cardiff City this Saturday will go ahead as scheduled, as the club continues its tributes to its late chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha", a statement read.

A day after undergoing surgery, Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey visited King Power Stadium to pay his last respects to club owner Vichai Srivaddhanabrabha, who died in a plane crash outside the ground on Saturday. He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. I'm sure, you're in a much better place.

The 55-year-old was dismissed after masterminding a magnificent escape from relegation in the Foxes' first season back in the top flight, with Claudio Ranieri guiding them to the title in astonishing fashion the following term.

Despite his parting of ways, Pearson was full of praise for Vichai's contribution to Leicester's fairytale.

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Nigel Pearson oversaw Leicester's great escape in the Premier League.

"A manager could not have wished for a better boss", Pearson wrote in a personal letter published on the website of Belgian team OH Leuven, where he has been coach since past year.

"The tragic and shocking events of Saturday evening have impacted the football world in such a profound way with the news of Khun Vichai's passing".

"This most definitely ensured the belief that sporting miracles can happen. I will miss "The Boss".

"As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands at all Premier League fixtures this weekend".

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Recalling the joyous celebrations around the city in 2016, when the club defied the odds and were crowned Premier League Champions, he noted that those feelings were far from the current mood in the city.

Four others on board, including two members of Srivaddhanaprabha's staff, Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, as well as pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz, died in the crash.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are still conducting their investigation into what caused Saturday's tragedy.

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