Leicester players and fans pay tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha with special T-shirts and Thailand flags

Leicester players and fans pay tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha with special T-shirts and Thailand flags

Leikester players and fans paid tribute to their own owners. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who tragically lost his life in a crash.

Leicester's 1-1 draw with West Ham in a parking lot outside the King Power Stadium last Saturday. The Thai businessman tragically lost his life along with four others in a devastating accident.

Leicester's late supporters were laying out in the team's dressing room for the players to wear themselves.

Srivaddhanaprabha are laid out in Leicester's dressing room

Srivaddhanaprabha are laid out in Leicester's dressing room

Srivaddhanaprabha are laid out in Leicester's dressing room

Members of the Cardiff board commemorate Srivaddhanaprabha's life with a special tribute inside the matchday program

Members of the Cardiff board commemorate Srivaddhanaprabha's life with a special tribute inside the matchday program

Members of the Cardiff board commemorate Srivaddhanaprabha's life with a special tribute inside the matchday program

Three Leicester supporters display a flag of Thailand outside the Cardiff City Stadium in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha

Three Leicester supporters display a flag of Thailand outside the Cardiff City Stadium in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha

Three Leicester supporters display a flag of Thailand outside the Cardiff City Stadium in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha

More Leicester supporters honoring the life of their late supporters by holding a Thailand flag with an emotional message on it

More Leicester supporters honoring the life of their late supporters by holding a Thailand flag with an emotional message on it

More Leicester supporters honoring the life of their late supporters by holding a Thailand flag with an emotional message on it

Jamie Vardy, who described Vichai as an 'extended family member', appears emotionally as he walks on pitch before the game

Jamie Vardy, who described Vichai as an 'extended family member', appears emotionally as he walks on pitch before the game

Jamie Vardy, who described Vichai as an 'extended family member', appears emotionally as he walks on pitch before the game

Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral got underway on Saturday morning and will continue until next Friday with the Leicester players flying out to Thailand to pay their respects to him after their match with Cardiff.

The royally sponsored funeral, closed to the public and media, is a Bangkok temple and what attended by Vichai's relatives, friends and senior Thai politicians and soccer officials.

It started with a bathing ritual using royally-bestowed water and an eight-sided urn lent as honor by King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and then followed by recitation ceremonies which will last for seven days.

Thailand's kings have traditionally granted honors at the funerals of high-ranking state officials or citizens who have devoted their lives to the good of the country.

Vichai, who bought Leicester City in 2010, was adored by fans after the club stunned the footballing world by beating odds of 5,000 / 1 to win the Premier League title in 2016 in what will be a sporting fairy tale.

Leicester were considering the postponing of their Premier League game on Saturday against Cardiff due to the emotional strain last week's tragic events.

Saturday's Premier League fixture between Cardiff and Leicester

Saturday's Premier League fixture between Cardiff and Leicester

Saturday's Premier League fixture between Cardiff and Leicester

A photographer of Leicester's late Thai Chairman (R) is set to become an octagonal-shaped urn and flowers during his funeral

A photographer of Leicester's late Thai Chairman (R) is set to become an octagonal-shaped urn and flowers during his funeral

A photographer of Leicester's late Thai Chairman (R) is set to become an octagonal-shaped urn and flowers during his funeral

A monk attends a procession with royal soldiers at the temple where the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha wants to take place

A monk attends a procession with royal soldiers at the temple where the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha wants to take place

A monk attends a procession with royal soldiers at the temple where the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha wants to take place

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, arrives for the funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, arrives for the funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, arrives for the funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha

However, Leicester boss Claude Puel insisted they would play the fixture to honor Srivaddhanaprabha – which will be their first game since his death – but would only pick players who felt ready to return action.

Jamie Vardy, who described Vichai as to an 'extended family member', appeared emotionally as he walked out to the pitch at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Leicester cancellations plan to fly to Cardiff for Saturday's game and instead travelled by coach after a collective decision was taken.

The club's supporters were given free breakfast on Saturday morning before heading to South Wales for their game with Cardiff and were therefore able to sign the book of condolence for Srivaddhanaprabha.

During his time at the club, Srivaddhanaprabha was known for his generosity and regularly handed out for every attending milestone event. For his 60th, in April, he gave away 60 season tickets for this campaign.

A Leicester fan signs the book of condolence for Srivaddhanaprabha before traveling to South Wales for Saturday's game

A Leicester fan signs the book of condolence for Srivaddhanaprabha before traveling to South Wales for Saturday's game

A Leicester fan signs the book of condolence for Srivaddhanaprabha before traveling to South Wales for Saturday's game

Leicester's late chairman outside the King Power Stadium

Leicester's late chairman outside the King Power Stadium

Leicester's late chairman outside the King Power Stadium

Bournemouth and Man United observe a minutes' silence for Armistice Day and the victims of Leicester helicopter crash

Bournemouth and Man United observe a minutes' silence for Armistice Day and the victims of Leicester helicopter crash

Bournemouth and Man United observe a minutes' silence for Armistice Day and the victims of Leicester helicopter crash

Srivaddhanaprabha what therefore a hugely popular figure within the dressing room with current and former players and staff describing him as a 'special person' and a 'father-figure' this week following his death.

President of Somyot Poompanmoung, Srivaddhanaprabha's wife Potjaman Poompanmoung, and sons of Aimon and Aiyawatt gathered in the tribute of his life.

The Thai billionaire's life is commemorated in Saturday's early kick-off match between Bournemouth and Manchester United with a minute's silence, which also paid tribute to Armistice Day and will take place up and down the country before this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

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