Kasper Schmeichel's Daring Act After Leicester Helicopter Crash Deserves Accolades

Lynette Rowe
November 4, 2018

Using the profits from his monopoly Vichai snagged Leicester City and helped turn it from an unremarkable English club to a shock victor of the Premier League title in 2016.

A self-made businessman and father of four, Vichai founded his company King Power in 1989.

(King Power via AP) A security officer moves a barrier outside a Buddhist temple ahead of the funeral rituals of Vichai Srivaddanaprabha in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.

Leicester City's players plan to travel to Bangkok to attend Vichai's funeral after their match with Cardiff City on Saturday.

Vichai's body was flown to Thailand on Friday in advance of the official ceremony, which lasts until November 9.

The outpouring will be even stronger in south Wales as Leicester take to the field for the first time, with tributes planned from both teams.

He told reporters that the worldwide football world had lost an important patron. "Not only the Thai people, but also football fans around the world mourn his loss", Senamuang said.

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Leicester defender Wes Morgan said Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was "a thoughtful person, he'd do anything for anyone".

The Thai billionaire oversaw one of the greatest underdog successes in sport when his 5,000-1 outsiders won the English Premier League title in 2016.

Two staff members, Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz were also killed in the incident.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was seen in tears, as he led an emotional team talk before the first kick of the game.

He had close ties to the Thai royal family, being bestowed with the last name Srivaddhanaprabha - meaning "glowing light of prosperity" - as an honour to his family in 2012. "We are one big family and one of the main reasons for that is Vichai", he said.

King Power now controls more than 90 percent of Thailand's duty-free market, being a sole operator with concessions in all major airports in the country until 2020.

King Power now controls more than 90 percent of Thailand's duty-free market, being a sole operator with concessions in all major airports in the country until 2020.

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