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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: Kasper Schmeichel says crash will always stay with him




Kasper Schmeichel says he will never be able to rid himself of the memory of the helicopter crash that killed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester's owner.

The Thai businessman and four others died on 27 October, when the helicopter carrying them crashed outside the King Power Stadium shortly after taking off.

"I was on the pitch and I waved him off," said Schmeichel after Saturday's 1-0 win at Cardiff.

"It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately."

He continued: "I saw it all happen. It's not a nice memory but I've had all the support that I need. The club has been great and everybody has received the support that they needed."

Goalkeeper Schmeichel was part of a delegation from the club which arrived in Bangkok on Sunday to attend Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral.

Before the Cardiff match the team wore T-shirts featuring a picture of the owner and stood for a minute's silence along with Leicester City staff and fans.

'We wanted to be together'

Leicester players and staff stood to applaud their travelling fans long after the final whistle

Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011, the summer after Srivaddhanaprabha bought the club.

The Denmark international has since played more than 300 games for the Foxes and was a huge figure in Leicester's 2015-16 title-winning season, when they triumphed despite having odds of 5,000-1 at the start of the campaign.

Schmeichel said he was "shaking" in the warm-up at Cardiff and he was clearly emotional as the Leicester playing squad and staff stood on the centre circle before kick-off to observe the silence.

"It was tough," Schmeichel said. "But we wanted to do it for the chairman and his family. We wanted to be together about this, because we've all lost what feels like a family member.

"He brought everybody here and none of this - the memories, this family he's built, the culture he's instilled - would be here without him.

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite amazing.

"It's one thing building a team and a club that can perform on the pitch, but we're more proud of the family that he's created and the feeling he's instilled in everybody being welcome."

-- Courtesy of BBC Sport


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