Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has paid tribute to the late owner of the club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who lost his life last Saturday.
The Thai billionaire’s helicopter crashed outside the club’s stadium following their 1-1 draw with West Ham United, and he alongside four others died from the accident.
Schmeichel was still present at the stadium when the horror crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on scene.
Speaking to BBC’s Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker after the team’s 1-0 against Cardiff City on Saturday, the Dane revealed the win meant a lot to the players.
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“It did. That was a tough game, not just on the pitch but mentally it was a tough game for all of us. Coming out for the warm-up was tough. The first 10 minutes I couldn’t steady myself, I was kind of shaking a little bit.”
“But I’m immensely proud of this team and immensely proud of this club. The way everyone’s handled themselves has been unbelievable.”
“You can see from the reaction from people around the world what kind of a man Khun Vichai was and we were very lucky to know him.”
When asked to describe how the last week has been to him and the team, he said:
“It’s been hard, it goes without saying. It’s been a hard week. We tried to, for a few hours a day at least, try and be professional, train hard and prepare for this game. Everybody wanted to play this game, everybody wanted to win for him and his family.“
“His family, I can’t even begin to describe how strong they’ve been, the courage that they’ve had. Just an overwhelming sense of pride at the moment at being a part of the family that Khun Vichai built, the extended family of Leicester City and also his closest.”