Leicester City helicopter crash tributes moved

Leicester City helicopter crash tributes moved

Match Preview – Leicester vs Burnley | 10 Nov 2018

Leicester are set for an emotional homecoming when they face Burnley on Saturday in their first match at the King Power Stadium since the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Srivaddhanaprabha was killed along with four others in a helicopter crash on October 27 and Leicester players travelled to Thailand to attend his funeral after their win over Cardiff last weekend.

GRIEVING Leicester are determined to continue the legacy of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. It will be a tough ask in their first home game since the accident, but once the whistle blows Ben Mee can expect to have his work cut out against Jamie Vardy.

There will be tributes ahead of the game and Leicester players shirts will be embroidered with Srivaddhanaprabhas name for the first half of the match against Burnley. In the second half, they will bear the poppy symbol.

CHRIS Wood and Kevin Long put Burnley 2-0 up inside nine minutes in April to give the Foxes a mountain to climb in their outside chance of Europe. Vardy pulled a goal back but Burnley had done enough for Claude Puel to give up on seventh place.

Thousands of Leicester fans are expected to march through the city in tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of the clubs first Premier League home game since his death.

Authorities are preparing to guide 20,000 people on a route that starts from Jubilee Square at 12.45pm and finishes at the King Power Stadiums car park E, next to the site of the helicopter crash that claimed the Leicester owners life and those of four others.

The walk covers nearly two miles, travelling along Upperton Road, Raw Dykes Road and Western Boulevard, and is meant to convey the depth of feeling for a man who transformed the club and also assisted the citys charities.

Leicester have said the vast memorial that bloomed outside the ground after the crash following the West Ham game nearly a fortnight ago will be moved by the time Burnley visit on Saturday.

A club statement read: The Srivaddhanaprabha family and everyone at Leicester City Football Club have been deeply moved by the remarkable volume of generous and thoughtful tributes left at King Power Stadium in the wake of the tragedy of 27 October that claimed the lives of five people, including our beloved Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The extraordinary scenes of compassion and condolence demonstrated on Filbert Way in the last week have been an enormous source of comfort and strength to the families involved and to everyone whose lives have been touched by recent events. The support of our fans, our community and the football world during this darkest of weeks will never be forgotten.

In the spirit of this, ahead of Saturdays visit of Burnley the club will begin the process of carefully and respectfully relocating tributes, ensuring the compassion, kindness and love that have been so evident in the last week are sentiments that will endure.

On Friday 9 November, the final day of Khun Vichais funeral in Bangkok, floral tributes will be relocated to a designated area close to the accident site near the south-east corner of King Power Stadium.

The club would like to invite supporters to be part of this relocation, which is closer to the accident site. Our fans created this stadium tribute, and we dearly wish for you all to be part of the relocation of the flowers, now that the accident site has recently been handed back to the club. 

Ahead of kick-off a number of events are planned. A special video will be shown on the big screens at 2:45pm and supporters will be gifted commemorative scarves, pin badges, clap banners and souvenir matchday programmes in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

The fixture is also Leicesters annual Remembrance Day commemoration, and a two-minute silence will be observed before the game to honour those sacrifices as well as the five lives lost at King Power Stadium. At half-time, veterans and Armed Forces personnel will parade around the pitch.

Srivaddhanaprabhas name will be embroidered on the teams match shirts during the first half, while the second half jerseys will bear the embroidered poppy symbol. 

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