Leicester to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha by building statue outside King Power Stadium

Rex Christensen
November 10, 2018

In the eight years of Vichai's ownership, Leicester caused one of football's biggest shocks by winning the Premier League title in 2016.

"It definitely hit me", he said. It's recognition for the chairman.

On Friday, the club announced plans to erect a statue of Vichai at the stadium.

Khun Vichai's son and City's Vice Chairman, Aiyawatt, confirmed the news in a personal tribute to his father, which can be read in the souvenir programme for Saturday's emotional Premier League visit of Burnley.

Manager Claude Puel wrote: "He (Vichai) may not be here in person today but he will be here in spirit and we will carry his essence in our hearts".

Both teams will wear black armbands during the game, with a two-minute silence to be observed before the kick off, while Leicester's players will wear the tribute shirts in the first half and shirts with a poppy emblem for the second to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

Vichai was among five people killed when the helicopter plunged to the ground in a vehicle park just outside the stadium following Leicester's match against West Ham on Oct 27.

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Players and officials of the club traveled to Thailand following last weekend's game against Cardiff for the funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha.

Also at the game, a special "Tribute to Khun Vichai" video will be shown on the big screens inside the ground while thousands of fans plan to march from Jubilee Square in the city centre to the ground.

"I was on the pitch and I waved him off", said Schmeichel. "It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately".

The announcement came following talks between the Srivaddhanaprabha family and Leicester regarding the best way to pay tribute to the man who took them to a level beyond their wildest dreams.

The LCFC Foxes Foundation, which has raised nearly £2M for local charities since its formation in 2011/12, has been renamed in honour of Khun Vichai, whose generosity saw him make over £4M in personal donations to local hospitals, universities and charities in recent years.

"We know our fans, they are fantastic. there were 3,000 of them at our last game in Cardiff, it was a fantastic reunion with the fans", Puel said.

Puel has admitted getting the players ready for the game against struggling Burnley had been tough.

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