The chairman of Leicester city, the Thai Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is deceased, as well as four other people, in the helicopter accident which occurred Saturday on the outskirts of the King Power stadium, said the football club on Sunday 28 October in the evening.
” It is with the deepest regret and a broken heart that we confirm that our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was part of those who have tragically lost their lives Saturday night when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside the King Power Stadium. None of the five people on board survived, ” says the club of this city in the centre of England in a press release published on its website.
The helicopter, belonging to the owner of the team, crashed into the parking lot of the club on Saturday night. The accident took place a few hours after that Leicester has to a 1-1 draw facing a West Ham during a premier League match, at King Power Stadium. According to Sky Sports, the helicopter took off from the ground between 20: 30 and 20: 45, but has had problems with its tail rotor shortly after and crashed in a parking lot nearby.
For twenty-four hours, no information has circulated about the identity of the victims and the doubts hovering over the presence or not in the device Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was in the habit of leaving the stadium with his helicopter flying from the field after home games for Leicester.
The club was hailed ” a great man “, praising the “kindness” and “generosity” of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ” whose life has been defined by the love he devoted to his family and to those he directed with so much success “.
” Leicester City was a family under his direction. It is as a family that we will carry our grief and will continue the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy “.
many football fans have poured in all day Sunday on the outskirts of the stage, dropping bouquets of flowers and scarves in the colours of the club and gathering silently.
Coach of the English club, the French Claude Puel was not on board the aircraft. Joined Sunday by Franceinfo, the technician has confirmed to go well, and deplored ” a tragedy for the club “. “I think very strong for the victims and their families and I wanted to reassure all the people that worry about me. I am terribly sad, but I’m fine “, he testified.
A generous property owner
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 61 years old, was a billionaire thai become rich thanks to stores duty free. His fortune, built with the departure of a single shop in Bangkok, was estimated in 2016 at $ 2.9 billion.
He had bought Leicester City for around 40 million pounds in 2010 when nobody was betting on this English club, who played then in the second division. He managed to make the most unlikely champion of First League of all time, in 2016, live at the small club a true fairy tale. It was the first time that Leicester City were awarded this title since the club’s inception in 1884.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was very popular with fans of the club, offering them beers and donuts. Also a fan of polo, it was a familiar of the powerful people of Thailand, the first of which are the royal family. His name Srivaddhanaprabha, has been awarded in 2013 by the king of Thailand. He has four children. His son, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, known as ” Top “, is vice-president of the club.
Sunday, the match of the championship between Leicester and Manchester United to be held at the stadium King Power has been cancelled, the match of the reserves of the female Foxes.
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