Leicester win at Cardiff, Vichai funeral kicks off in Bangkok

Nov 04, 2018, 08:27 IST | AFP

Demarai Gray got the match-winner for Leicester on a day the elaborate funeral of the duty-free mogul began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok

Leicester win at Cardiff, Vichai funeral kicks off in Bangkok
Leicester's Demarai Gray reveals the words 'For Vichai' on his shirt after scoring against Cardiff

Leicester paid an emotional tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as the grief-stricken club won 1-0 at Cardiff. Demarai Gray got the match-winner for Leicester on a day the elaborate funeral of the duty-free mogul began at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Members of Thailand's business and political elite came in black mourning garb to pay tribute to the billionaire.

The No. 2 in Thailand's junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group's Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man in the country, were seen arriving at the week-long ceremony. Prominent figures in Thailand's music and sporting scene were also in attendance to honour Vichai, 60, who along with four others died in a helicopter accident moments after leaving the football club's pitch a week ago.

Late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

"He's now the leader of Thai football and leader of world football because he changed a lot of things when he took the chairmanship of Leicester City," Thai football legend Kiatisuk 'Zico' Senamuang said.

Vichai rose from having a single store in Bangkok to owning the duty-free King Power empire, whose shops are ubiquitous in Thailand's tourist-heavy airports. Using the profits therein, he bought Leicester City and helped them win the EPL in 2016.

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