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US News Leicester fans honour chairman on anniversary of chopper crash

17:50  19 october  2019
17:50  19 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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The helicopter crash that killed Thai billionaire and Leicester City soccer club Chairman Vichai The chopper faltered shortly after takeoff and slammed into a parking lot, bursting into flames. Billionaire’s Family. Vichai’s wife Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha is a King Power vice chairman

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died in the crash outside the A memorial park, named in Mr Vichai's honour , will open at the crash site on the anniversary itself. Fan Craig Elliott who has helped to organise both walks, said: "We were truly overwhelmed when the

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Many fans held banners honouring the billionaire © Getty Many fans held banners honouring the billionaire

Leicester City fans have held a march to mark the anniversary of the death of former club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.

Thousands of supporters took part in the walk leading up to the King Power Stadium, where the aircraft went down following a Premier League match on 27 October last year.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha talking on a cell phone: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was chairman for eight years © Getty Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was chairman for eight years

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people who died as a result of the accident, which was caused by a pin that had come loose in the tail rotor control mechanism.

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Leicester take on Burnley on Saturday in their final home game before the first anniversary, and an image of the Thai billionaire businessman was displayed on a big screen outside the ground.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha et al. standing in front of a crowd: An image of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was displayed on a big screen outside the stadium © Getty An image of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was displayed on a big screen outside the stadium

The 60-year-old became a beloved figure at Leicester in the years after his takeover in 2010, having been at the helm when the club defied the odds by winning the Premier League title in 2015/16.

Fans on the march carried scarves dedicated to "Mr Chairman", bearing the message "Forever In Our Hearts", and scarves were also draped over each seat in the home end inside the stadium

Tributes outside the King Power Stadium in the days after the crash © Reuters Tributes outside the King Power Stadium in the days after the crash

Others carried homemade banners with pictures of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, with one reading #marchforvichai, and everyone inside the ground took part in a minute's silence before kick-off.

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A handful of Leicester City fans stood a few yards from the makeshift shrine, their heads bowed. “It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman , Vichai [Read additional coverage: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City Owner, Is Dead After Chopper Crash ].

The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed. The Duke of Cambridge said he was lucky to have known Mr Vichai, describing him as a dedicated family man. Leicestershire Police said it believed the other people killed in the crash to be

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Leicester continue to honour their former chairman © Getty Leicester continue to honour their former chairman

The minute's silence also honoured the other victims of the crash.

Club staff members Kaveporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, and pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Lechowicz also died when the helicopter went down in a car park outside the stadium.

Ahead of the match, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said he had come to understand Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's legacy since being appointed in February - succeeding Frenchman Claude Puel.

Rodgers told reporters at his weekly press conference: "Everyone will look from the outside at the financial input, but the feeling he gave people, the players and staff - you cannot buy that.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was affectionately known at the club as 'Mr Chairman' © Getty Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was affectionately known at the club as 'Mr Chairman'

"He was close to many people at the club and the players had a real affinity with him and still do. There will be a lot of emotion on and off the pitch these next five games."

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Honour chairman , vichai srivaddhanaprabha and the five other victims who died in a helicopter crash / soundbites with leicester city ambassador, alan birchenall and foxes trust vice- chairman , matt davis shows: leicester

The future is looking bright or it obviously, it was looking bright," 68-year-old fan Richard Mobbs told Reuters. Mobbs met the club's owner watching his Hundreds of fans lay shirts, scarves and flowers outside the stadium in tribute to the businessman. Vichai helped steer Leicester back into the top

Next Sunday, 27 October, the club will open the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha holding a sign: Thousands of supporters took part in the march © Getty Thousands of supporters took part in the march

Chief executive Susan Whelan said: "Appropriate and respectful management of the accident site is something to which we have given great consideration over the last 12 months.

"Supporters and visitors have shown impeccable respect during our immediate efforts to protect it and we are now in a position to confirm our permanent intentions for the site.

"From the scene of a tragedy, we aim to build something peaceful, something poignant and something beautiful, where supporters of today and of future generations can remember what one man's vision did for this club, this community."

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