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Leicester ‘numb with sadness and shock’ after crash

The manager of Leicester City has said the death of the club's owner and four other people has left eve..

By admin , in England , at November 1, 2018

The manager of Leicester City has said the death of the club's owner and four other people has left everyone "numb with sadness and shock".

Speaking in the first news conference since Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter crash at the King Power Ground on Saturday, Claude Puel said it had been the hardest week in the club's history.

Image: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was much beloved by the fans

"Seeing all of the messages, flowers and shirts outside the club this week shows the lives he has touched," he said in a prepared statement.

"He leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered forever and a vision that the club and myself as manager will take forward with us."

Claudio Ranieri pays respects at King Power Stadium 2:21
Video: Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri paid his respects to the victims of the helicopter crash which killed the club's owner and four others.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha died alongside his assistants Kavenporn Punpare and Nusara Suknamai, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner and co-pilot Izabela Lechowicz.

Investigations are continuing into why the helicopter crashed.

A firefighter who responded to the crash told Sky's Becky Johnson during a visit to the stadium: "My heart goes out to the families of all the deceased. We did everything we possibly could and there wasn't anything humanly we could do anymore."

Jamie Vardy comforts Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha
Image: Jamie Vardy comforts Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha

"Vichai made Leicester City into what it is. He made it into a family, he made it a dream," said an emotional Puel.

"He invested in the club, he invested in the city, he invested in the people.

"He truly was loved by everyone inside and outside the club. Personally it was a privilege to work for him and I will cherish the belief he showed in me and the great moments we shared."

Khun Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, son and wife of Leicester City's owner Thai businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha 2:33
Video: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabh tells supporters he intends to continue his father's vision and dreams for the Premier League club.

Earlier former manager Claudio Ranieri, who took the team to Premier League victory in 2016, laid a wreath at the ground with Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's son Aiyawatt.

The pair held on to each other as they looked at the piles of tributes.

On Wednesday Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, known as "Top", wrote on Instagram that he had been touched by "overwhelming support" from fans after the crash on Saturday.

Leicester firefighters viewed the tributes outside the stadium on Thursday
Image: Leicester firefighters viewed the tributes outside the stadium on Thursday

Referring to his father's legacy, he said he would "do everything I can to carry on his big vision and dreams".

The Foxes are due to play away to Cardiff on Saturday.

The club had discussed whether to play the fixture in Wales but it will go ahead after backing from the players and staff and there will be a minute's silence prior to kick off, while the players will wear black armbands.

Leicester players and staff have been offered grief counselling in the wake of the disaster, with players such as Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel among those to post emotional tributes online.

Puel appeared to confirm reports that Schmeichel had seen the crash and tried to run towards the helicopter to help. He told reporters: "Kasper lived and saw some terrible things."

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Puel said:"I myself have never been prouder to be manager of this football club.

"Playing football has not been at the front of our minds this week but for this weekend, and all matches after, we will play to honour and remember a man who has done so much."

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