Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Five years after the demise of Leicester City FC owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the English senior women’s national team players are honouring him ahead of Friday’s UEFA Women’s Nations League (UWNL) game against Belgium at the King Power Stadium, the home ground of Leicester City.
Before playing at the King Power Stadium this evening, the Lionesses gathered in front of the statue of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha five years to the day after the helicopter crash that claimed the life of the former Leicester president and four other people.
Representatives of the England and Belgium teams have paid tribute to the much-loved members of the Leicester City family who died.
Five years after their tragic passing, today Leicester City FC lovingly remembers Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Eric Swaffer, Izabela Lechowicz, Nusara Suknamai, and Kaveporn Punpare.
Srivaddhanaprabha was a Thai billionaire businessman and the founder, owner, and chairman of King Power.
He was the owner of English Premier League team Leicester City from 2010 until his death in a helicopter crash at the club’s King Power Stadium in 2018.
On 27 October 2018, Vichai’s AugustaWestland AW169 helicopter crashed outside King Power Stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch. Eyewitnesses described seeing the helicopter spinning before crashing and creating a fireball.
The next day, it was confirmed that Vichai, along with the pilots and two other passengers had died in the crash. Numerous tributes were laid for Vichai outside the stadium by players and fans of Leicester City and other football clubs.
In accordance with Thai burial customs, Vichai’s funeral lasted for eight days, beginning on 3 November. Leicester supporters fondly remembered Vichai.
Prior to England Women’s UEFA Women’s Nations League fixture against Belgium at King Power Stadium on Friday 27 October (7:45 pm BST kick-off), a quartet of Leicester City Women stars will host an informal meet and greet in the Foxes Fanstore, with a host of matchday competitions and activations also in place on matchday.
Leicester City Women’s break in English Women’s Super League (WSL) action this weekend opens the window for an exclusive appearance by members of the squad in the Foxes Fanstore, with ‘keeper Janina Leitzig plus midfielders Sam Tierney, Aimee Palmer, and Aileen Whelan set to meet fans on Filbert Way prior to England’s encounter with Belgium in the East Midlands.
Friday’s sold-out clash will be the first time the Lionesses have played in Leicester since a 1-1 draw against Sweden in September 1980, and ticket holders can now look forward to an added layer of excitement on matchday with a chance to meet our players on offer.
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