THE seven-day funeral of Leicester Metropolis boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has began in Bangkok right this moment with the membership’s gamers flying 12,000 miles to affix the commemorations.
The stays of the 60-year-old billionaire can be positioned in an enormous chilly urn donated by the King of Thailand and was the centre of the procession this morning.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was one among 5 folks killed when his helicopter crashed after taking off from the King Energy Stadium final weekend.
Leicester stars together with Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel will all make the lengthy journey to the Thai capital to pay their respects to their much-loved boss.
The squad, lead by boss Claude Puel, will fly out straight after their Premier League conflict in opposition to Cardiff this afternoon.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s tragic loss of life surprised the world of soccer and hit the Leicester Metropolis gamers arduous, with some visibly emotional as they laid floral tributes on the King Energy stadium this week.
It was additionally revealed that Schmeichel was near the scene when the chopper crashed and was left in floods of tears as he gazed upon the wreckage.
In a heartfelt tribute, the Danish goalkeeper stated he was “completely devastated and heartbroken” by his boss’s loss of life.
There have been poignant scenes on the King Energy stadium as a minute’s silence was held to pay tribute to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.
Gamers wore t-shirts with their boss’s face on and Schmeichel held again tears because the squad remembered his life.
However whereas the Leicester gamers put together themselves for an emotionally arduous 24 hours, funeral preparations have gotten underway in Thailand.
Yesterday a hearse was seen arriving on the Wat Debsirindrawas Ratchaworawiharn Temple within the Thai capital.
Whereas Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s son Aiyawatt and spouse Aimon are additionally believed to be within the metropolis forward of the funeral.
The grand commemorations are anticipated to be a regal affair with Thai royalty, dignitaries and main sporting figures to attend.
Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s physique was flown again to his native Thailand on Friday and a personal gathering was held earlier than the ceremony.
Throughout the funeral, presents given by the Thai monarchy, together with an octagonal urn, can be on show and musicians will play drums and flutes.
Funeral particulars, issued to Thai media, stated a washing ceremony would begin at a temple in Bangkok on the primary day of the commemorations.
This can be adopted by recitation ceremonies over seven days. The date of a cremation ceremony has not been set but.
Due to Mr Vichai’s contributions to varied charities, the funeral has been described as “royal sponsored”.
It isn’t clear when the gamers are set to reach on the funeral, however it’s believed senior gamers advised Puel they needed to be at their late proprietor’s week-long ceremony.
The Frenchman stated: “I wish to give the chance for gamers and employees to go to the funeral. We’ll see the logistics.
“In fact, the gamers wish to go and help his household — his spouse, son High, all of the household.
“They put us of their household and that was a particular factor about him. The gamers travelled to Dubai and different locations to have good moments with Vichai. For him the gamers have been his youngsters, his household.
“Typically he was not proud of their sport however he would forgive them!”
Leicester are because of host their first dwelling sport for the reason that weekend’s helicopter tragedy when Burnley go to subsequent Saturday.
The Foxes’ Carabao Cup fourth-round tie in opposition to Southampton on Tuesday was postponed because the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau continued to look at the reason for the crash which claimed 5 lives.
That sport has now been rearranged for Tuesday, November 27, leaving subsequent week free for the Leicester gamers to make the marathon journey.
It’s understood the Foxes squad have been advised the membership would request a postponement of the Cardiff sport if anybody felt unable to play.
However to a person, the gamers — lots of whom have taken counselling within the aftermath of the crash — declared they have been able to play.
Puel added: “It was vital all of us shared the identical feeling. We’ve got a variety of duty now to present our greatest and to proceed his work and his dream.
“We’ll play now for him and for his household.
“Taking part in soccer has not been on the entrance of our minds this week. However for this weekend, and all of the matches thereafter, we’ll play to honour and bear in mind a person who did a lot for our membership.”