Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

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

His son and vice-chairman Aiyawatt confirmed the commissioning of a statue in a personal tribute in a souvenir programme to be given to all fans at Saturday's home Premier League game against Burnley.

The 5,000-1 walk is named after the odds the club overcame to win the Premier League title during their fairytale season in 2015-6.

The club will present supporters at the game with scarves, pin badges, clap banners, and a special matchday programme as commemorative gifts, it was also revealed.

Under its new name, The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation will continue to use football as a force for good in the community in a way that reflects the generosity, care and love of the Club's late Chairman.

A tribute video will be shown on big screens before the match and a two-minute silence will be held to honour the armed services as well as the five victims of last month's accident.

With Vichai's family in attendance, Leicester's players, who made a 19,000 km round trip to Thailand for the funeral in midweek, wore a special commemorative shirt, while nearly every fan sported one of the specially distributed scarves bearing the words "Forever In Our Hearts".

Manager Claude Puel's pre-match preparations for the game against Burnley were disrupted after he and a number of players, including Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel, travelled to Thailand to pay respects to the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

They will switch shirts for the second half to jerseys which will feature an embroidered poppy in honour of Remembrance Sunday. "I saw it all happen".

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

Mourners have turned Leicester's stadium into a shrine to Vichai over the last two weeks, carpeting the ground with floral tributes and messages of thanks.

"After the game, there was a lot of emotion that we shared with them and we can imagine what it will be like at home with 30,000 people in the stadium".

"Our strength, spirit and positive attitude, as well as the support of our fans, will be very important".

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