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Firefighters pay their respects in front of a portrait of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Image Firefighters in Leicester pay their respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

"The feeling he has instilled in everybody in being welcome, no matter your position at the club, the playing staff, stadium staff, everyone is equal".

The horrific accident triggered a week of mourning in Leicester and around the world of football.

Others who died when the helicopter came down in a vehicle park were two of his staff members, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

The laws of the game are clear in that if a player takes off his shirt or lifts it over his head when celebrating a goal, he should be automatically shown a yellow card.

On Saturday, Demarai Gray scored the victor on 55 minutes and removed his jersey to reveal an undershirt bearing the words "For Khun Vichai". I am immensely proud to have known him.

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"Demarai Gray was booked for taking his shirt off. which really took the gloss off it a little but it was very poignant, very emotional", Tanner said.

Long after the final whistle, as the rest of the Cardiff City Stadium stood empty and still, a vibrant, defiant, boisterous chant rang out from the still packed visitors' section. "It's the first step in the healing process".

The squad and staff travelled to Bangkok straight from Cardiff to attend Vichai's funeral and their manager, Claude Puel, knows there will be hard times after their return.

They will join Buddhist prayers for Mr Vichai on Sunday and Monday before heading back to the United Kingdom to prepare for their home match against Burnley on Saturday.

Using the profits from his monopoly, he bought Leicester City and helped turn them from an unremarkable English club into the surprise winners of the Premier League title in 2016.

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However, the Spanish global had scored just twice in 20 Premier League games before netting late on in a routine win at Southampton last month.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha rose from having a single store in Bangkok to owning the duty-free King Power empire, whose shops are widespread at Thailand's airports. Srivaddhanaprabha's company sponsors the team's stadium.

After the Cardiff game, coach Claude Puel will lead many of his squad to Thailand for Vichai's funeral, which starts on Saturday in Bangkok and will last around a week.

TV requirements saw Saturday's games staggered over four separate kickoff times with Manchester United recovering to win 2-1 at Bournemouth in the early match to move up to seventh.

They left England for Bangkok after an emotional 1-0 win over Cardiff in their first game after the crash that killed two others passengers and two pilots.

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