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Gray gives Leicester some cheer after traumatic week

Gray gives Leicester some cheer after traumatic week

The shirts used to warm up before kick-off were emblazoned with the heartfelt message to Premier League club Leicester City "Together with Leicester" with the badges of both clubs.

With his funeral underway on Saturday in Bangkok, Leicester headed to Cardiff for a match that served as a chance to honour their late owner and begin the healing process.

Manager Claude Puel and the squad were booked on a 9,600km flight to Thailand to pay their respects at the funeral of their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Saturday will see the royal bathing of the body and a Buddhist ceremony where prayers will be heard.

Numerous squad, including Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan, will travel to Thailand.

The funeral of Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is now underway in Thailand.

Richarlison scored twice to lead Everton past Brighton 3-1, Felipe Anderson's second-half double helped West Ham beat Burnley 4-2, and Newcastle United beat Watford 1-0 for their first win and moved out of the relegation zone ahead of Cardiff.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, nicknamed "Top", Vichai's youngest child and King Power's chief executive officer, said last week that he has "received a very big mission and legacy" from his father.

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But the mood changed when referee Probert followed the letter of the law and booked Gray under a mandatory Federation Internationale de Football Association rule that says players must not remove their shirt over their head.

He used to come down at home games, have a joke and a laugh, always say, 'Want win and three points.' We did that today.

Leicester's players wore t-shirts during the pre-match warm-up bearing an image of Srivaddhanaprabha's face and the words "The Boss" - the title he was known by at the King Power Stadium.

Former England global Vardy told Sky Sports on Friday that he and the other players had to be there.

"I am only 50 percent happy because we wanted to win".

"I think it was a day that they really needed to get out the way now", Tanner said. "We wanted to do it for him and his family". Claudio Ranieri, the Italian manager who masterminded Leicester's Premier League triumph three years ago, was among the mourners on Thursday morning.

"What is important now is to give the Srivaddhanaprabha, King Power and Leicester City family time to grieve", a King Power spokesperson said.