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'He made the club into a family': Leicester manager pays tribute to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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  • Leicester City manager Claude Puel has addressed the media for the first time today following the helicopter crash on Saturday night which killed the club's chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. He said it was "one the hardest weeks in the history of this football club".
  • The conference is officially ahead of their Premier League fixture against Cardiff City on Saturday night.
  • Leicester City's Carabao Cup Fourth Round tie against Southampton will take place at King Power Stadium on Tuesday 27 November. All tickets purchased for the original fixture will be valid for the rescheduled date.
  • Former manager Claudio Ranieri laid a wreath today outside the King Power stadium.
  • Funeral arrangements for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok have been announced.
  • Claude Puel's tribute to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

The chairman was one of five people killed when his helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from the club’s King Power Stadium on Saturday evening after a game against West Ham.

Players have been visiting the growing tributes outside the stadium to pay their respects.

Claude Puel read out a praising describing Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's impact on Leicester City.

He said the chairman was “truly loved”, and “made [the club] into a family, made it dream”.

“Legacy will be remembered forever, and also his vision, which I and the club will take forward.”

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Former manager Claudio Ranieri, who led the side to Premier League victory, also paid his respects today.

It has been announced that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday 3 November .

The funeral will last for a number days, in accordance with Buddhist tradition.

The service has been granted "Royal sponsorship" because of his standing in Thailand. It includes a Royal Bathing Rite for the body, and a special eight-sided urn to hold his ashes.

The Leicester chairman's body is expected to leave the city on Friday, to be returned to Thailand, accompanied by his wife Aimon, and son Aiyawatt.

Firefighters who tried desperately to save the five people in the helicopter have paid their own tributes today.

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