Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Leicester City players Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel lead tributes to chairman
- Premier League clubs joined by teams from around the world
- Thai lauded for miraculous title win of 2016 and creating a family club
The football family is united in grief for Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, with players, pundits and clubs posting their tributes on social media.
The club confirmed that their owner was one of five people to die in a helicopter crash following the side’s 1-1 English Premier League draw with West Ham United at King Power Stadium on Saturday night.
Current and former Leicester City players have led tributes to the Thai billionaire with Jamie Vardy, who top scored for the side when they won the Premier League title against the odds in 2016, called Vichai “the soul of Leicester City Football Club” and a “legend”.
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Struggling to find the right words....but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will truly miss you.... may you rest in peace...#theboss
A post shared by Jamie Vardy (@vardy7) on Oct 28, 2018 at 3:15pm PDT
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who was known to be close to the chairman and witnessed the crash at the stadium, posted a heartfelt tribute on his Instagram and Twitter.
Schmeichel wrote that Srivaddhanaprabha “changed football” and pointing to his charity work and donations to the city’s hospitals that “will never be forgotten”.
Wes Morgan, who captained the Foxes to the Premier League title, wrote that the chairman was “loved and adored by everyone” at the club and that he was “absolutely heartbroken”.
Harry Maguire who joined Leicester in 2017, wrote on Twitter that he would “never forget the Chairman’s support not only during my time at LCFC but also during the World Cup”.
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Words can’t describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone. I will never forget the Chairman’s support, not only during my time @lcfc but also during the World Cup RIP #TheBoss
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Chien Lee, one of the co-owners of English Championship side Barnsley, called Srivaddhanaprabha“a great man”, while fellow Premier League owners such as Liverpool’s John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon issued a statement.
was a great man who successfully led the Leicester City football club, my condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/eX5bnJFKjk
— Chien Lee (@NewCityChienLee) 29 October 2018
Leicester’s fellow Premier League football clubs posted their own tributes as did lower league sides such as Swansea City. They were joined by teams from around the world, among them Roma and Mexican side Tigres.
The owner of @LCFC, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, showed the world in 2016 that it is possible to believe in miracles and today, after he's passed away, we sympathize with his family, club and fans. May he Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/cHAwknDpMR
— Club Tigres Oficial (@TigresOficial) 29 October 2018
Players from other Premier League sides paid their own tribute, with Liverpool forward Mo Salah declaring it “a truly sad day for football”.
A truly sad day for football. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who tragically passed away. #LCFC
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) 28 October 2018
Former Leicester City striker Gary Lineker said how it was the most difficult Match of the Day he had ever hosted and called it “a terrible tragedy”.