Leicester City players and officials are on their way to Thailand to attend the funeral of the club’s owner who died in a helicopter crash. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began at a Bangkok temple on Saturday, after his body arrived in Thailand on Friday, with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies.
Players will be attending services on Sunday and Monday after their 1-0 victory over Cardiff City in their first game since his death. Prior to kick-off, they wore T-shirts featuring a picture of Mr Vichai and stood for a minute’s silence along with the staff and fans ahead of the game.
Mr Vichai died alongside two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium on 27 October.
His funeral began with a bathing rite ceremony and will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days. The ceremony was held behind closed doors and a special funeral urn and also a five-tiered umbrella, which reflected his high status, was used.
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the manager of Thailand’s women’s football team, and the president of the Football Association of Thailand were among the guests in attendance.
The players and club officials are expected to arrive back in the UK on Tuesday morning.