Heartbroken Riyad Mahrez Pays Emotional Tribute To Leicester City Owner

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Riyad Mahrez has paid an emotional tribute to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following Manchester City's victory over Tottenham on Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) continue to conduct its investigations as it tries to establish what caused Saturday's tragedy.

Billionaire Vichai, 60, died along with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a auto park outside the King Power stadium shortly after his side's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

Police have not given an update on the investigation but wrote on Twitter its drone "was not in flight at the time the helicopter left the stadium".

Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt, who is the club's vice-chairman, is widely expected to step into the role of chairman, and is said to support renaming the club's stadium to the Khun Vichai Stadium, using the Thai honorific.

The Algerian worldwide was a key player in Leicester's miraculous Premier League title win in 2016, joining the club from French side Le Havre two years before.

Earlier British Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, offered their condolences over the crash.

The Leicester plane crash has rocked the footballing world.




The club has confirmed all five have tragically lost their lives.

The uneasy surroundings seemed a physical manifestation of the disquiet Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had spoken of in the build-up to the game as he reflected on the lack of summer signings and the ongoing unease about the postponed move to the new stadium.

"He was forever trying to improve a club that lingered between the Premier League and the championship and even lower".

Pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz and members of staff Kaveporn Punpare and Nursara Suknamai also died.

In a regular scene after matches that had become a symbol of Vichai's ownership, the helicopter took off from the centre circle on the field after Saturday's game against West Ham.

Some Leicester fans have already set up online petitions to rename the stadium in a mark of respect to their late owner.

It cleared the stadium roof before it plummeted into an adjacent parking lot in flames.

Matt, who is now in charge of the under-15s at Leicester, shared a picture of a bouquet of flowers, tied with a Sunderland scarf, and wrote: "Blessed to have played for 2 Great clubs in #lcfc & #safc in my F/Ball career".

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