31 Oct 2018

Leicester City match to go ahead after owners death

7:38 am on 31 October 2018

Leicester City's Premier League football match at Cardiff this weekend will go ahead following the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash.

Leicester Football Club

Leicester Football Club Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in the crash outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.

Today's League Cup tie between Leicester and Southampton was postponed.

There will be a minute's silence before the kick-off in Cardiff and players will wear black armbands.

In a statement, Leicester said they would make an announcement "in due course" on the rearranged date for the cup tie with Southampton.

The club opened a book of condolence outside the King Power Stadium today, while fans continue to lay flowers, scarves and shirts at the ground in tribute to the chairman.

Srivaddhanaprabha's wife, Aimon, and son, Aiyawatt, laid a wreath in the middle of the pitch at the stadium yesterday before embracing players and staff gathered around the centre circle.

Leicester City owner and Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 2016.

Leicester City owner and Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Foxes players also visited the stadium today.

Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died in the crash, police said.

An investigation into the cause of the crash, which saw the helicopter spiral out of control, is ongoing with aircraft's digital flight data recorder already recovered.

Leicester are currently 12th in the Premier League on 13 points, while Cardiff are 17th with five points from 10 matches.