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Kasper Schmeichel pays tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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In a special match programme, Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has paid a heartfelt tribute to late club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester City club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others lost their lives after a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on October 27.

Schmeichel witnessed the crash and the goalkeeper wrote a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of their home game against Burnley on Saturday.

“I was on the side of the pitch standing, chatting with some of those closest to him that night and waved him off as he took off like I nearly always used to do after home games,” wrote Schmeichel, via Sky Sports.

“What happened next will stay with me forever. It has replayed through my head every minute since wishing there was something more I could have done.

“I stood for a long time at the police cordon at the back of the car park on the night of the 27th and again the next morning. Tears streaming down my face.

“He made me feel 10 feet tall when I was in his company. He gave me a feeling of safety and no matter what was going on, everything was going to be okay.

“I really didn’t want to leave, I couldn’t! I wanted to be near him. It seems so wrong that this was how such a great life was ended.

“I will remember him laughing. He was always smiling and thinking about the positives. He was an amazing man, he had electricity.”