Leicester City to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with statue outside of stadium

Leicester City to honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with statue outside of stadium

Under his leadership, Leicester won promotion to the Premier League, remarkably became top flight champions and enjoyed a successful campaign in the Champions League.

The club will present supporters at the game with scarves, pin badges, clap banners, and a special matchday programme as commemorative gifts, it was also revealed.

'I plan to commission a statue of my father, for outside King Power Stadium, as a permanent and fitting tribute to the man that made it all possible.

Players and officials of the club traveled to Thailand following last weekend's game against Cardiff for the funeral of Srivaddhanaprabha.

Tribute T-shirts will be worn by the players during their warm-up and Khun Vichai's name will be embroidered on the team's match shirts during the first half.

During the second half, the Foxes' shirts will bear an embroidered poppy symbol in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday, with a two-minute silence to be held before kick-off. "They have learned a lot about themselves in all this and I am proud of them all".

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"It's not easy to prepare this game, but the togetherness between us all, it's a good feeling, a good energy, a fantastic strength", he said.

To echo those odds, around 5,000 fans are expected to walk from the city centre to the stadium before the Premier League match against Burnley.

Some tributes will be kept for a pitchside display for Saturday's match while others will be collected and preserved with the intention to incorporate them into the planned redevelopment and expansion of King Power Stadium.

"Vichai was a great, respected person, both at the club and Leicester in general".

Mourners have turned Leicester's stadium into a shrine to Vichai over the last two weeks, carpeting the ground with floral tributes and messages of thanks.

He said: "It's going to be tough as it's the first home game back and because of the circumstances of how it all happened, it's going to be very tough, but we'll have to keep our emotions together".