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Schmeichel discusses Vichai’s impact as Leicester chairman

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City talks to his defence during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium on October 06, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been discussing the impact of late chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on the club.

Vichai who lost his life alongside four others when his helicopter crashed outside the club’s stadium in the aftermath of their 1-1 draw against West Ham United on the 27th October, helped the club achieve a fairytale title triumph back in 2016.

Speaking to BBC’s Match of The Day following Leicester’s 1-0 win against Cardiff City on Saturday, Schmeichel said: “You couldn’t ask for a better chairman.”

“Very few people come along in this life that really have an impact on you. He had an impact on me but not just me, so many people. You can see the outpouring of grief from around the world. But particularly on this squad, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for you, he’d help you in absolutely anything.

“He was always available to the players, to the staff, not just the immediate playing staff – any staff at the stadium. I think you can see from the reaction of people what he meant to everybody.”

“Without him, we weren’t here, none of this was possible. All the memories we’ve made together as a family, without him it would have never happened so again, the overwhelming sense of pride to be part of it.”

Asked if all the players will be attending Vichai’s burial in Thailand, the Dane said:

“Everybody grieves in different ways and the opportunity was offered to the players to go to Thailand and pay their respects to him and everybody kind of wanted to go.

“That was a decision that everybody wanted to go. If you didn’t want to, that was respected. Like I say, everybody was their own way of dealing with it but we’re a family, we don’t judge. Everybody wanted to pay their last respects together.”