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Tan pays tribute to Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Vincent Tan paid tribute to his friend Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Credit: PA

Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan has paid tribute to his friend, Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died on Saturday.

Srivaddhanaprabha was one of five people killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed shortly after takeoff from Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed after his helicopter.crashed on Saturday. Credit: PA

The 60 year old Thai billionaire died along with colleagues Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Rosa Lechowicz after their aircraft got into difficulties just meters away from their takeoff position on the stadium’s pitch.

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Following confirmation of the victims on board Tan, who knew Srivaddhanaprabha personally, paid tribute to “an honest and caring man of virtue and integrity” that he considered a personal friend.

It is hard to find words at this time to express how deeply shocked and saddened I am by Saturday’s tragedy.

My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the family of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the families of all those who lost their lives.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a man I knew personally: an honest and caring man of virtue and integrity. I considered him a friend and somebody for whom I had the utmost respect and admiration.

Such tragedies put the game of football into perspective.

But it is our common bond that will now unite the football family in a time of such grief and adversity.

We will all stand in support alongside our brothers and sisters in Leicester.

– Vincent Tan, Cardiff City Owner

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With Leicester having postponed their midweek meeting with Southampton in the Caraboa Cup it is likely that Cardiff City will be their first opponents since the disaster, when they visit the City Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.