A victory... but little comfort for Leicester City

A victory... but little comfort for Leicester City

A victory... but little comfort for Leicester City

Gray netted Leicester's victor in their English Premier League game against Cardiff City overnight (NZ time) in the club's first outing since owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash outside the club's stadium last weekend.

Saturday was the first day of a week-long funeral for Srivaddhanaprabha, who was one of five people to die when his helicopter crashed in the auto park outside Leicester's King Power Stadium last weekend.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel - who is believed to be the closest of all the Leicester players to Vichai - will also attend the funeral.

The billionaire's funeral is taking place over seven days in his native Thailand and the Leicester City squad were scheduled to fly to Asia after the match to pay their respects.

The first stage of the funeral was held at Debsirindrawas temple in Bangkok on Saturday evening and was marked with a traditional Buddhist bathing rite and a recitation ceremony in which monks will say prayers from religious texts every night for a week.

The midfielder whipped off his shirt in the celebrations to show a message that read "For Khun Vichai", in memory of the owner who funded Leicester's remarkable surge from the second tier of English football to the Premier League title.

Srivaddhanaprabha bought the club for $57 million in 2010 and it was promoted to the Premier League in 2014.

"I don't even think Lee Probert wanted to show him a yellow he was nearly sorry for doing it, it's just silly".

"The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built".

The club take on Welsh side Cardiff City today at 2pm GMT. "It's been a really tough week for everyone". We wanted to do it for him and them.

Before the match they wore T-shirts featuring a picture of Mr Vichai. A wreath was laid on the pitch and a minute's silence immaculately observed by both sets of fans.

It was a heart-warming moment, but did earn Gray a yellow card from referee Lee Probert.

But fifth placed Arsenal extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 games as French striker Lacazette smashed home from a tight angle in the 82nd minute.

Thailand's kings have traditionally granted such honours at the funerals of high-ranking state officials or citizens who had devoted their lives to the good of the country.

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