Lambert pays tribute to victims of Leicester helicopter crash

Hannah Rogers
October 30, 2018

A statement said: "It is with great sadness that we received news of the death of Izabela Lechowicz in the Leicester helicopter crash".

After pumping millions of pounds into the club, Vichai helped steer Leicester back into the top flight in 2014 before they stunned the sport by beating the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea to become champions of England. You were the best thing that could have happened to our football club.

THE distraught family of Leicester City's billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were joined by stars of the Premier League team and thousands of fans today to pay tribute to the mogul who was killed in a helicopter crash outside the club's King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The helicopter took off from the King Power stadium pitch but, due a wing malfunction, spiralled out of control just outside the stadium.

"My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the bad crash at Leicester City Football Club", William said.

The team then stood at the back of the shrine and looked out on the hundreds of flowers, cards and messages laid on the floor.

Hours before the Sunday night confirmation that Vichai did not survive the crash, scarves, jerseys and flowers were laid in an ever-expanding memorial in front of the stadium.

A minute's silence will also take place before Leicester's next match, which could be at home to Burnley on October 11 if the Cardiff match is postponed.

"The winning of the Premier League a couple of years ago was absolutely phenomenal and the manager has to take great credit for that. He carried the Thai flag with him and made people know more about Thailand".

"We cherish our university's long-standing partnership with Leicester City, which has delivered so much for us through our joint efforts, often at the prompting of the owner".

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"No businessman just sits around and waits for others to give them concessions", he was reported as saying. I will truly miss you. may you rest in peace.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "I can't believe it".

Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and became chairman the following February, pouring millions into the team and becoming a beloved figure in the club and the city - a feat rarely achieved by the Premier League's foreign owners.

Lambert, who was in charge of Stoke from January to May, continued: "I've stayed up here for the last few years and this football club grew, the city grew".

Club captain, Wes Morgan, said the chairman was "adored" by everyone at the club. "A man that was loved and adored by everyone here at LCFC and someone who I personally had the utmost respect for".

"It's just so sad, it's tragic".

Along with other family members and executives from King Power, the two were also seen laying wreaths at the crash site in a vehicle park near the stadium, which is still cordoned off as air accident investigators pick through the wreckage. The prince said Vichai had made a "big contribution" to not only football, but also local charities.

"We would also like to express our admiration for the emergency services who responded so swiftly and with such bravery, and offer our support to anyone, including any West Ham United supporters, who may have witnessed the tragedy".

"There were projects by Leicester City to select Thai teenagers to train in the club's academy".

He added: "I invite you to gather with me at 10.45am on Tuesday in Hawthorn Square to remember them all with a minute's silence and a minute's applause - and to pay tribute to Khun Vichai's remarkable leadership of his remarkable club".

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