Leicester City players fly to owner's funeral in Thailand

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's funeral gets underway in Thailand

Leicester City FC Owner’s Buddhist Funeral Begins

Vichai's body was flown back to Thailand and taken to Wat Thepsirin on Friday where prominent individuals close to the family wore black for a private gathering ahead of the official ceremony which starts Saturday evening and lasts until November 9.

They are team captain Wes Morgan, defenders Harry Maguire, Christian Fuchs and Ben Chiwell, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison, Marc Albrighton and Andy King.

Striker Jamie Vardy, speaking for the first time since the crash, told Sky Sports News: "It'll be massively important we attend".

"But it is their last farewell to him, and will doubtless be an emotional occasion for them".

The squad flew 6,000 miles in 15 hours following their game against Cardiff.

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A picture of Vichai appeared on the big screens at either end of the Cardiff City Stadium. On the hoardings around the ground, another message flashed up.

The Leicester City players arrived Sunday after traveling to Bangkok following their match with Cardiff City the day before.

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Many thought of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as a father figure after he oversaw the club's remarkable 2015-16 Premier League title campaign.

A devout Buddhist who had monks bless his team's King Power Stadium regularly for good luck, Vichai and his wife, Aimon Srivaddhanaprabha, had four children.

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Gray struck a 55th-minute victor on an emotional afternoon in Cardiff and marked it by removing his top and revealing an undershirt with the words "For Khun Vichai" on it. Schmeichel ran the length of the field to join a team celebration.

Leicester's players and staff linked arms on the center circle to pay tribute during a poignant silence that left Schmeichel in tears.

Emotions bubbled over as the Leicester players made their way over to applaud their supporters, with many carrying signs expressing their gratitude to Srivaddhanaprabha.

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The number two in Thailand's junta Prawit Wongsuwan and CP group's Dhanin Chearavanont, the richest man in the country, were seen arriving at the week-long ceremony, which begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites.

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