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Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral gets underway in Thailand

JAMIE Vardy kneeled in prayer as he paid his respects to Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok.

Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in his helicopter crash, which happened moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium following the match against West Ham.

"It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately".

"I am confident when I saw my players in the training session that they can give their best".

Srivaddhanaprabha, who took over Leicester in 2010, received much praise for the way in which he ran the club and oversaw the Foxes' remarkable Premier League title win in 2016.

The 60-year-old's funeral began behind closed doors on Saturday, and an official ceremony to mark his passing will last until 9 November.

The next task for Leicester's players will be to fly out to Bangkok for Vichai's funeral. It'll be massively important we attend, we are a close-knit group and one big family and one of the main reasons for that is Vichai so it's massively important.

His memory was honoured by players, fans and staff who observed a tearful minute's silence and unfurled a huge flag which read "R.I.P Vichai" before kick off.

"It was tough all week", Leicester manager Puel said.

"I am happy we managed to do this and it was great to experience this result with the fans at the end, because it was all the family together to honour our chairman".

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite fantastic", he said.

Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock said some of his players had also been affected by the Leicester tragedy as "training had not been the same".

Writing in the match programme, Cardiff owner Vincent Tan mourned Srivaddhanaprabha's passing, saying that the "world of football has lost a true pioneer and visionary".

"We talked in the dressing room that there was really no need for gameplans, tactics, all that".

Cardiff dropped into the relegation zone as Newcastle climbed above them after recording their first win of the season. It felt like a cup final.

"Whether it's triggered things up I don't know". "There are a lot of exhausted people in there now but I am proud of this team and the club, the way everyone has handled themselves has been unbelievable".

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