Claude Puel to lead Leicester players for Vichai Funeral


Leicester paid an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grief-stricken club won 1-0 at Cardiff following their owner's tragic death, while Alexandre Lacazette's late equalizer gave Arsenal a 1-1 draw against new Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

The group from the club is due to return on Tuesday ahead of next weekend's visit of Burnley, the first home game since the tragedy.

Monks, royal soldiers and relatives have all joined the procession to the temple in Bangkok, Thailand.

In a sombre interview with the "BBC" after Leicester's win, Schmeichel said: "I was on the pitch and I waved him off".

It is being reported that Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ran towards the wreckage to help those inside, but was stopped by police for his own safety.

In the UK, Leicester City players and fans wore T-shirts with a picture of Vichai and the words "The Boss" in his memory.

Demarai Gray's victor proved the difference but Schmeichel's clean sheet, after being in tears during the pre-match minute's silence, highlighted Leicester's collective resilience.

"Everyone grieves in different ways and the opportunity was given [to go the funeral] and we wanted to go". We wanted to be together about this, because we've all lost what feels like a family member.

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"It was nice to get a win to take to Thailand now and hopefully we did his family proud", Schmeichel added.

The action on the pitch was totally overshadowed by the tributes for a much-loved chairman but the former Premier League champions held their nerve to earn a narrow win that lifted them to 10th spot.

Thailand's kings have traditionally granted such honours at the funerals of high-ranking state officials or citizens who had devoted their lives to the good of the country.

A Premier League referee has come under criticism for his decision to book Leicester City's Demari Gray for removing his jersey after scoring a goal for his side in today's clash against Cardiff City.

Long after the final whistle, Leicester fans remained in the away end and continued to chant the Thai owner's name.

"We were very close to the chairman", Leicester captain Wes Morgan said.

"It will be hard because we come back from Bangkok in the middle of the week for our first home game and we know before and after we have events to honour the chairman and it will be important to keep our self-control". The Foxes, whose fixture at Cardiff was in doubt following the incident, fittingly marked the occasion with victory as Demarai Gray's victor sparked an outpouring of emotion.