Leicester City players and officials are flying to Thailand to attend the funeral of the club's owner who died in a helicopter crash.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral began at a Bangkok temple on Saturday with Buddhist bathing rituals and will be followed by recitation ceremonies.

Players will be attending services on Sunday and Monday after beating Cardiff 1-0 in the first game since his death.

Before the match they wore T-shirts featuring a picture of Mr Vichai.

They stood for a minute's silence along with Leicester City staff and fans ahead of the kick-off.

A picture of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, late chairman of Leicester City Football Club is placed next to his urn
Flowers and a photograph of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were placed next to his urn at the temple in Bangkok
Kasper Schmeichel
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel wore his shirt during the warm-up

Mr Vichai died with two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger when the helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the King Power Stadium on 27 October.

His funeral began with a bathing rite ceremony and will be followed by recitation ceremonies over seven days.

The ceremony was held behind closed doors and a special funeral urn and also a five-tiered umbrella, which reflected his high status, was used.

Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha at her husband's funeral
Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha (L), the wife of Mr Vichai, during his funeral rite

People are seen through a glass door as they attend a funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok
Mourners could be seen through a glass door at Mr Vichai's funeral

Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the manager of Thailand's women's football team, and the president of the Football Association of Thailand were among the guests.

Leicester City players and club officials are expected to arrive back in the UK on Tuesday morning.

Mr Vichai's body arrived in Thailand on Friday ahead of the funeral.

Thailand"s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan at Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral
Royal officials arrived with offerings for the funeral ceremony of Leicester Citys Thai owner

 

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