Leicester's players and fans paid an emotional tribute to their owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who died tragically in a helicopter crash last week, displaying Thailand flags and wearing special tribute shirts.
The Thai businessman was tragically killed in a devastating accident just minutes after Leicester's 1-1 win with West Ham in a parking lot outside King Power Stadium last Saturday.
Special tribute shirts with a picture of Leicester's deceased chairman were set up in the team's dressing room, which the players were to wear with Cardiff before Saturday's game, while their supporters were hung in Thailand flags to honor the man's life. they called "The Boss".
Leicester's players and co-workers are with the players of Cardiff and the game partners for a minute's silence before the game on Saturday
Kasper Schmeichel tried to hold back tears when the Leicester players were in line for a minute's silence
Leicester supporters strike off a huge banner labeled "RIP Vichai" in the stadium before kicking off
Everton and Brighton hold a minute of silence for memorial service and commemoration of Vichai
The crew of Leicester shows a united front as they applaud their traveling supporters with the special tribute shirts
Flatterer wears a shirt in honor of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who was killed in a helicopter accident last week
In the Leicester locker room special tribute T-shirts are to be seen in honor of the late club chairman Srivaddhanaprabha
Members of the Cardiff Board commemorate Srivaddhanaprabha's life with a special tribute to the game day
Kasper Schmeichel, who had broken his heart with the death of Leicester's chairman and was reportedly "detained by the police" as he ran to the blazing helicopter after hearing he was outside the stadium in front of the stadium last week crashed Before the game against Cardiff stood for a minute's silence in line.
The funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha started on Saturday morning and will continue until next Friday. The Leicester players fly to Thailand to honor him after their match.
The royally sponsored funeral, which is inaccessible to the public and the media, will be held in a temple in Bangkok and visited by relatives, friends and high-ranking Thai politicians and football officials from Vichai.
It began with a bathing ritual using water honored by King Maha Vajiralongkorn and an octagonal urn honored by King Maha Vajiralongkorn. This was followed by ceremonies that would last for seven days.
Thailand's kings have traditionally bestowed such honors at the funeral of high-ranking state officials or citizens who had dedicated their lives to the good of the country.
The owner of Cardiff's owner Vincent Tan and the rest of the club's board also paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others who were killed last weekend in the matchday.
Fans of Leicester City hold special tribute T-shirts to honor the deceased chairman of the club before they play Cardiff
Three Leicester supporters show a flag of Thailand in front of the Cardiff City Stadium commemorating Srivaddhanaprabha
More Leicester supporters honor the life of their deceased leader by holding up a Thailand flag with an emotional message
The Brighton winger, Anthony Knockaert, has a special message on the back of his warm-up jacket dedicated to the tribute of Vichai
Jamie Vardy, who described Vichai as an "extended family member," acts emotionally when he walks in the field before the game
A black game program is on the pitch before the Premier League game on Saturday between Cardiff and Leicester
A photo of Leicester's late Thai chairman (R) is set up during his funeral next to an octagonal urn and flowers
Royal officials arrive with offerings for the burial of Srivaddhanaprabha at Wat Thepsirin Buddhist Temple in Bangkok
A monk attends a procession with royal soldiers in the temple where the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will take place
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, General Prawit Wongsuwan, center, arrives at Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral
"This week, the thoughts and prayers of Cardiff City Football Club were with our friends in Leicester City," the program said.
"Today, in the saddest of circumstances, we stand next to them to remember the past few weeks. The Leicester players had to believe in them before this memorable title win season.
"It started from Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The world of football has lost a true pioneer and visionary seven days ago, whose legacy will last forever. "
The Brighton winger and former Leicester player Anthony Knockaert also paid tribute to a special message on the back of his warm-up jacket, saying, "Thank you, Vichai, I'll miss you. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;
Vichai, who bought Leicester City in 2010, was admired by the fans after the club overrun the football world with a 5,000 / 1 win when they won the Premier League title in 2016, which was a sporting fairy tale.
Leicester considered deciding to postpone the Premier League game against Cardiff on Saturday as the tragic events of last week weighed heavily on those in contact with the club.
However, Leicester boss Claude Puel insisted that they play the game in honor of Srivaddhanaprabha – which will be his first game since his death. The entire team made themselves available for the game, even though they had the opportunity to sit outside when they were not ready to take action again.
Leicester arrived in Cardiff by bus after deciding that traveling by plane was insensitive to the circumstances
A Leicester fan signs the condolence book for Srivaddhanaprabha before traveling to South Wales for Saturday's game
Leicester's supporters received a free breakfast to honor Srivaddhanaprabha before heading to Cardiff
A general overview of the formidable floral tributes that the late Leicester chairman set before the King Power Stadium
Bournemouth and Man United hold a minute's silence for Armistice Day and the victims of the Leicester helicopter crash
The fans of Plymouth and Sunderland pay tribute to Leicester after the tragic events of the last week before their game
Jamie Vardy, who referred to Vichai as an "extended family member," also seemed emotional when he stepped onto the court before playing at Cardiff City Stadium, although Leicester's entire team is known to be available in Saturday's game has made.
Leicester canceled plans to fly to Cardiff for the match and instead traveled with the coach after a collective decision was made that traveling with the plane would be insensitive given the circumstances of the tragic death of Srivaddhanaprabha.
The supporters of the club received a complimentary breakfast on Saturday morning in honor of their deceased owner before they left for South Wales to Cardiff and sign the condolence book for Srivaddhanaprabha.
During his time at the club, Srivaddhanaprabha was known for his generosity and regularly delivered free beers to each fan present at each milestone event, with his birthday being a special reason to celebrate. For his 60th birthday in April he gives away 60 season tickets for this campaign.
Srivaddhanaprabha was also a very popular figure in the locker room. Current and former players and employees described him as a "special person" and "father figure" this week after his death.
Thousands of people, including the FA's Thai president, Somyot Poompanmoung, Srivaddhanaprabha's wife Potjaman Poompanmoung, and sons Aimon and Aiyawatt gathered outside the King Power Stadium to lay down flowers in honor of his life.
The Thai billionaire's life was also celebrated with a minute's silence at the early opening match on Saturday between Bournemouth and Manchester United, which also paid tribute to the cease-fire and will take place across the country ahead of all weekend's Premier League games.