Leicester City players and fans pay their respects outside the King Power Stadium

The players, including Vardy and Schmeichel were clearly moved Credit: ITV News Central

In their own words, Leicester City fans describe what Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha meant to them, after he died on Saturday night, along with four others, when his helicopter crashed and burst into flames in the car park of the King Power Stadium.

"Leicester has lost somebody very dear, who has done so much for Leicester City football, and I feel like we've lost one of our own today"

Leicester City fan

Leicester City first and youth teams paid their respects to the club's Chairman today.

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After gathering at the training ground first thing, they filed out of the stadium alongside their manager Claude Puel to inspect the flowers and tributes which are growing by the hour.

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They were accompanied by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's son and vice-chairman of Leicester City, Aiyawatt.

Former Leicester player Alan Birchenall told ITV News Central today,

We've come a long way in the last eight years this football club, and it's all down to one man.

Alan Birchenall, former Leicester City player

The Duke of Cambridge earlier praised Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's "big contribution to football" and Tom Meighan, the lead singer of Leicester rock band Kasabian, said the helicopter crash was "like your worst nightmare".

He said,

At the minute I'm feeling pretty numb. The football world is numb, not just Leicester City. The whole world is in mourning.

Tom Meighan, Kasabian

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In the House of Commons, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has paid tribute to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.

He said:

My thoughts today are also with the friends and families of the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City football club.

Sajid Javid, Home Secretary

Labour's Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, later said,

He was an amazing man: someone who spent so much time in Leicester and did so much for the club and he was adored by the people of Leicester and he will be greatly missed.