Chopper tragedy will haunt me forever: Leicester goalie Schmeichel
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Nov 07, 2018,
Nov 07, 2018, 5:18
Football fans took to Twitter en masse this afternoon to slate referee Lee Probert, after the official booked Demarai Gray for a celebration related to the former chairman of Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Leicester City players after defeating Cardiff City by a lone goal in an emotional filled atmosphere on Saturday, jetted to Thailand participate in the week-long funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha who died along with four others shortly after the game at the Kings Power Stadium.
"It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately".
"I think you can see from the reaction of people what he meant to everybody".
The Leicester players had a close bond with the popular Thai owner, but have made a decision to play the game on what will be an emotional afternoon for them, the management staff and the club's supporters.
Leicester are set to fly to Bangkok to attend Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral following the match.
He called Vichai an "extraordinary dad" while Leicester labelled him as a "great man". "We're a close knit group, like one big family".
His memory was honoured by players, fans and staff who observed a tearful minute's silence and unfurled a huge flag which read "R.I.P Vichai" before kick off.
"That was a tough game, not just on the pitch, but mentally", Schmeichel said. "We came in on the Monday, there wasn't any training, it was more of people going for a walk, having little chats, obviously remembering all the good times from Khun Vichai".
"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite awesome", he said.
"It's one thing building a team and a club that can perform on the pitch, but we're more proud of the family that he's created and the feeling he's instilled in everybody being welcome".
Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock said some of his players had also been affected by the Leicester tragedy as "training had not been the same".
"We talked in the dressing room that there was really no need for gameplans, tactics, all that".
Cardiff fell into the bottom three as Newcastle climbed above them with a first win of the season. It felt like a cup final.
"I think it will be a unusual atmosphere before kick-off, and I don't think anybody knows what sort of game it will be".
"I thought the fans were unbelievable in the circumstances, the respect they showed and the way they were together. The impact he's had on my family has been wonderful and I'm proud to be part of his family".