Former Leicester boss Ranieri pays tribute to chairman's 'positivity'

Arnold Nichols
November 1, 2018

Leicester's grieving players will take to the field for the first time since the death of the club's owner in a helicopter crash when they visit Cardiff for a Premier League game on Saturday.

A minute's silence will be held ahead of the 3pm kickoff at the Cardiff City Stadium, and both sets of players will wear black armbands.

After watching right-back Amartey pick up a horrifying injury moments before the end of a disappointing 1-1 home draw with West Ham United in the Premier League, Leicester were dealt the heaviest blow when their Thai billionaire, together with four others, got killed in a helicopter crash.

Nigel Pearson oversaw Leicester's great escape in the Premier League.


Fans have started arriving at the King Power Stadium to sign the book of condolence for Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester City vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha on Wednesday paid an emotional tribute to his father Vichai and vowed to carry on his legacy. Their match against Tubize on Saturday will go ahead.

"I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming support", Aiyawatt said in a statement.

After the tragic news of Srivaddhanaprabha's death, Pearson has written a letter in tribute to his former colleague, saying "his quiet yet authoritative aura, presence and personality have had an immeasurable influence on English football".

"The leadership and managerial processes he instilled and encouraged within Leicester City over a sustained period of time has borne fruit in such a way that people throughout the world witnessed the impossible by seeing a club win the Premier League in the most incredible circumstances", Pearson said. I'm sure, you're in a much better place.

The Foxes confirmed the book will remain open for 14 hours every day "for the foreseeable future". People unable to visit the stadium can leave a message in an online book of condolence via the club's website.

"Formal identification of the four other people, who are believed to be Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz, is still being actively progressed", the police added.

Aiyawatt laid a wreath with his mother Aimon at the stadium on Monday, while they also viewed messages, floral tributes, shirts and scarves laid in honour of the founder of duty-free King Power International, who was a huge favourite among the Leicester supporters.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) continue to conduct its investigations as it tries to establish what caused Saturday's tragedy.

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