Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.
In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.
The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.
However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.
Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.
The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.
Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:
“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”
Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.