Leicester City Players Fly to Owner’s Funeral in Thailand

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Leicester City players and officials left for Thailand to attend the funeral of the club’s owner who died in a helicopter crash. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began at a Bangkok temple Saturday with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies.

Players will be attending services today and tomorrow after beating Cardiff 1-0 yesterday in the first game since his death. Before the match they wore T-shirts featuring a picture of Mr Vichai. They stood for a minute’s silence along with Leicester City staff and fans ahead of the kick-off.

Mr Vichai died with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium on 27 October.

His funeral began with a bathing rite ceremony and will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days. The ceremony was held behind closed doors and a special funeral urn and also a five-tiered umbrella, which reflected his high status, was used.

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the manager of Thailand’s women’s football team, and the president of the Football Association of Thailand were among the guests.

Leicester City players and club officials are expected to arrive back in the UK on Tuesday morning.