LEICESTER paid tribute to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha before their game with Cardiff this afternoon.
Just a week after Srivaddhanaprabha tragically passed away along with four other people in a helicopter crash at the Foxes’ King Power Stadium, the club returned to action.
The Cardiff City Stadium was the venue, and the two clubs combined to honour the highly-revered club chairman.
Leicester fans were provided with t-shirts with an image of Srivaddhanaprabha and the caption ‘The Boss’, while a massive ‘RIP Vichai’ banner was passed around the stadium.
Plenty of other banners were also on display, and the two clubs observed a minute’s silence before kick-off.
Vichai’s son Aiyawatt, who will now take charge of running the club, laid a wreath on the pitch in memory of his father.
Claude Puel fielded a full-strength line-up for the game against the Welsh side, despite yesterday confirming that any player who did not feel ready to play could sit the game out.
The French manager said: “I don’t want to dictate anything. To train or not, to play or not. I want to wait and understand the different feelings my players may have.
“For me it is open. [From] what I saw this week, I think all the players would like to play this game. I give always the option. The first thing is to listen to my players and different feelings.
“I said after this incident we have to understand people and the man, not the player. The player is the second thing. The most important thing is the man.”
The entire Leicester squad and most of the club staff will fly out to Bangkok, Thailand tonight – where a week-long Buddhist funeral is underway.