Leicester City fans flocked to the King Power Stadium on Sunday. The day after a Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha helicopter went up in flames, club scarves, jewelry, and flowers left him.
Srivaddhanaprabha, the popular owner and Thai billionaire, who often traveled by helicopter to the games of his English Premier League, left the stadium after one A 1-1 draw with West Ham and he and four others aboard were killed on Saturday night.
The helicopter broke away from the field of play as usual and went down after clearing the stadium. Leicestershire police believe the others were killed, including Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare – members of the staff of Srivaddhanaprabha – and pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz, who was also a pilot. According to Telegraph, the helicopter was destined for Luton Airport, and Srivaddhanaprabha was planning to fly to Thailand. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of the owner and vice-chairman of the team, and his wife, Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, traveled immediately from Thailand to England on Sunday morning.
Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, said the owner "will be missed by all fans of the sport and all those lucky enough to know him."
Leicester's players, including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and goalkeeper Peter Shilton of Leicester and England were in tears when the fire burned for more than 20 minutes. "I can not believe that will happen," wrote Schmeichel in a long statement . "I'm so devastated and heartbroken I just can not believe what I saw [Saturday] It just does not seem real"
On Instagram, Jamie Vardy, striker of the team of Srivaddhanaprabha, said: "I am struggling to find the right words … but for me you are a legend , an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club. Thank you for everything you did for me, my family and our club. I will really miss you … may you rest in peace.
In social media posts, players of other English Premier League teams reacted with shock and sadness.
"A really sad day for football," Liverpool's Mohamed Salah said on Twitter . " My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who have tragically died. "
" My deepest condolences to the Leicester family. RIP to all who have lost their lives, "wrote David Silva of Manchester City And team-mate Sergio Agüero said :" My heart goes to you, "added the hashtag" #PrayForLeicester
"To the players, co-workers and fans affected by this tragedy" said Ashley Young of Manchester United "Please know that we are all in our prayers." [19659015SrivaddhanaprabhawastheownerorThaiduty-freecompanyKingPowerandaccordingtoForbesthefifthrichestmaninThailandwithanestimatednetworthof$49billionheandhisfamilyacquiredthefootballclubin2010andwonsixyearslaterClubChampionAlanBirchenalltoldtheBBCthatLeicesterCityowetheowner"everything""Withouthimwewouldnothavewonit[the Premier League]," sa
"There will be no dry eye among the staff today."
The Premier League players wore black armbands at Sunday's games, and Prime Minister Theresa May called the memorial sites "testifying to how many people did that Life of those on board have touched. "
That was especially for flattery. "You changed the football," he wrote. "Forever! You have given everyone the hope that the impossible is possible, not only for our fans, but also for fans around the world!"
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