Schmeichel proud of Leicester win

Virginia Santiago
November 5, 2018

The Thai businessman and four others died on 27 October, when the helicopter carrying them crashed outside the King Power Stadium shortly after taking off.

The Foxes played their first game since the tragic death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and in his honour, the grief-stricken club produced a terrific result by beating Cardiff 1-0.

Numerous players were scene wearing club scarves as they celebrated the win while supporters had banners and messages of their own in tribute to the owner.

"I'm very proud of him. The feeling he has instilled in everybody in being welcome, no matter your position at the club, the playing staff, stadium staff, everyone is equal".

Rob Tanner, Chief Football Writer for the Leicester Mercury, told CNN's Patrick Snell that the minute's silence was a moving tribute.

"It was a hard game to play and to prepare, it was important to keep concentration in set pieces and second balls, but I think from the first minute until the end we kept our concentration and our dedication", he told Sky Sports.

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Before the Cardiff match the team wore T-shirts featuring a picture of the owner and stood for a minute's silence along with Leicester City staff and fans. "It has been an emotional day and glad we got three points for him", he said.

But after the break they were a different team and a late Marcus Rashford victor means they have now taken 10 points from their past 12 in the Premier League.

'Coming out for the warm-up was tough, the first 10 minutes I couldn't steady myself, I was shaking a little bit'.

Ms Nusara's funeral took place in Bangkok on Saturday.

Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011, the summer after Srivaddhanaprabha had bought the club. In 2016, the club achieved the once-unthinkable feat of winning the premiership.

The Denmark global has since played over 300 games for the Foxes and was a huge figure in Leicester's 2015-16 title-winning season, one of the most remarkable underdog success stories in the whole of sport.

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The club's extraordinary run of success played out under Srivaddhanaprabha's ownership.

The Thai was No. 388 on the Forbes' billionaires list, with a net worth of $4.9 billion.

Vichai rose from having a single store in Bangkok to owning the duty-free King Power empire, whose shops are ubiquitous in Thailand's tourist-heavy airports. Srivaddhanaprabha's company sponsors the team's stadium.

TV requirements saw Saturday's games staggered over four separate kickoff times with Manchester United recovering to win 2-1 at Bournemouth in the early match to move up to seventh.

Leicester City's players plan to travel to Bangkok to attend Vichai's funeral after their match with Cardiff City on Saturday.

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