The Leicester helicopter crash is a truly tragic incident, indeed the footballing world is in mourning with tributes ranging from Real Madrid to Carlise United. Among the five victims, was Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The chairman of Leicester City sadly passed away. He was very popular amongst Leicester fans as he lead them to most unlikely of Premier League wins but also for his philanthropic work around the area. Recently, he committed to a £80million development of an ultra-modern training ground as he continued to financially back the club.
People apparently saw the helicopter spinning around before it plunged towards the ground and was immediately engulfed in flames, sadly leaving passengers no chance of survival. The pilot of the helicopter is being hailed as a hero for steering the helicopter away from civilians and preventing further casualties.
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Vichai’s son, Aiyawatt or more commonly known as “Top” was not at the game against West Ham and reportedly flew in from Thailand to hold talks with Leicester City officials, Top is the Vice-Chairman of Leicester City and one would presume after this incident will become Chairman.
The footballing world went into a state of mourning as Leicester City players to fans of the universal game reacted to this terrible tragedy.
Jamie Vardy described Vichai as a “legend”
Wes Morgan, leader of that triumphant Leicester City was truly heartbroken
Kasper Schmeichel who reportedly immediately rushed out to the scene of the incident and was later in tears penned a quite motivational message.
French giants, PSG were “deeply saddened” about the tragic incident.
While, Manchester United had a similar tribute.
Leicester City and England legend, Gary Lineker described Vichai as a “quiet, unassuming man who will always be remembered with great fondness and respect.”
Many fans thought of him being the perfect example of a good owner.
All in all, the football world is in a state of deep mourning but looking back on past incidents to have haunted football including the Munich Air disaster, the footballing world will unite and rally behind all those associated with Leicester City over the coming months and years.
From those of us at Playing for 90, we offer our deepest condolences to the families of Vichai Srivaddhanaprbaha and the other 4 victims. May your souls live on forever and all you have achieved be spoken about for generations.