What happens next for Leicester City? Matches postponed as club mourns loss of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
- Son ‘Top’ is vice-chairman of English Premier League side
- Family’s sporting interests include polo, horse racing and Belgian club
The immediate future is that the club will not play their Carabao Cup game as originally scheduled for Tuesday night.
Leicester were due to host Southampton but the English Football League and the clubs have taken the joint decision to postpone the match, the club confirmed the game will not go ahead in their official statement.
Details of when the fourth round fixture will be played will be announced in due course.
This follows the postponement of the FA Women’s Championship game against Manchester United, which was set to take place at the King Power Stadium on Sunday just hours after the fatal helicopter crash left five dead. The women’s reserve team also had their match against Derby County Ladies postponed, while the under-23s have also seen Tuesday’s Premier League International Cup match against Dutch side Feyenoord called off.
Training for the first team was also cancelled on Sunday, with the local Leicester Mercury newspaper reporting that the players were in shock.
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The club’s next game is against Cardiff City in the Premier League next Saturday.
In a club statement that confirmed the chairman’s death they declared their commitment to “maintaining the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy.”
How they do that is expected to come down to Vichai’s son Aiyawatt, who is the vice-chairman of Leicester City and CEO of the family’s duty free giant King Power, where he is joined on the board by his mother and three siblings.
There are challenges ahead for the Thai duty-free giant.
Bloomberg reports that the tender for duty-free services at Bangkok’s busy international airport Suvarnabhumi is also coming up from 2020 and will be contested by a number of other companies from home and abroad.
“Top”, as Aiyawatt is known, was chief among the celebrators after the famous Premier League win in 2016 and played a hands-on role advising his father on the football club.
He also acts as the chairman of King Power’s other European football club OH Leuven in Belgium’s second tier, where former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is in charge.
They bought the club in 2017 in a deal pushed by “Top”.
The family’s other long-standing sporting interest is internationally renowned polo team King Power, for whom Top plays.
More recently they have also expanded into horse racing. The names of the horses include King Power, Happy Power and Fox Vardy, named after the Leicester City and England striker.
Happy Power won on Saturday while Fox Vardy is set to run on Wednesday.