Leicester City to drive, rather than fly, to Cardiff

Daniel Amartey

Optus Sport expert Mark Schwarzer has touched on the impact that recently deceased Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had on the club during his tenure.

Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who was part of Leicester's title-winning team, dedicated his match-winning goal in Monday night's game against Tottenham to Vichai.

Leicester's next game, which had been scheduled for Tuesday against Southampton in the League Cup, has been postponed.

And Amartey, who has undergone surgery after suffering an ankle injury in the dying moments of the match against the Hammers, took to social media to pay his own tribute to the Thai billionaire.

"What is important now is to give the Srivaddhanaprabha, King Power and Leicester City family time to grieve", said a King Power spokesperson.

The players also felt that to fly to Cardiff might be deemed insensitive in light of the tragedy.

Leicester players will travel by road to their game at Cardiff on Saturday rather than fly, as going by plane was felt to be insensitive given the circumstances of Mr Vichai's death.

"As such, we will be offering our support to Leicester City in any way necessary in respect of this weekend's fixture". Their match against Tubize on Saturday will go ahead. He did a lot for me and Leicester and it is hard to speak about.

Pearson, credited with saving Leicester from relegation in 2015 before he was sacked after disagreements with the board, said Srivaddhanaprabha's "quiet yet authoritative aura, presence and personality have had an immeasurable influence on English football".

"This most definitely ensured the belief that sporting miracles can happen".

On Tuesday, a book of condolence opened at the football club for the victims.

On Sunday evening it was confirmed that Leicester City's owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was in the aircraft along with four others, when it crashed.

Foxes striker Jamie Vardy and his wife, Rebekah, wept as they placed a wreath among an ever-growing shrine.

Air Accidents Investigation Branch said data recovered at the crash site has already been taken back to Farnborough for analysis and work has started on the decoder.

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