Former Leicester City striker Emile Heskey has paid tribute to the late owner of the club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, saying it is uncommon for an owner to be so loved.
Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who lost their lives when an helicopter crash occurred outside the King Power Stadium last Saturday night following the Foxes’ 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Heskey, who was born in Leicester, appeared in 154 games for the club at the start of his career, reflected on how much Srivaddhanaprabha meant to the football world and the city of Leicester.
“In a day and age where it is easy to criticise owners, and it’s simple everyone does it, where you have an owner that everyone loves, it’s weird because of what he did, not just for the club but for the city,” Heskey told Sky Sports News.
“Donating to the hospital I was born in, the charity work he did around the city and then just little things he did for the fans. So that’s why he was loved.”
“I was there (King Power Stadium) today and you see notes from Leeds, Huddersfield, Nottingham, and London. People coming from all over the country to pay their respects and you see how much he meant to football, not just for Leicester.”
Heskey, who also played for Liverpool and Wigan Athletic, was speaking at the Black List Awards, which highlights the contributions of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds to the game.