Leicester players are traveling to Thailand where they will attend the funeral of the club’s owner.

The footballers departed the UK soon after they beat Cardiff 1-0. Their only goal was dedicated to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who many thought of as a father figure.

They are expected to land in Bangkok mid-morning Sunday, UK time.

Finding the target in the 55th minute of the game at Cardiff, Demarai Gray revealed a message on his T-shirt. His goal was for Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ran the length of the pitch to join the celebrations.
The mood was slightly soured when Gray was booked by the referee for taking his shirt off.

Fans Gratitude

Once the 1-0 win was complete, players and fans expressed their gratitude to the popular Thai billionaire. Khun Vichai oversaw the remarkable 2015-16 Premier League title campaign.

Ahead of kick-off there were tears during an emotional minute’s silence. Supporters raised their club scarves aloft in tribute to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha funeral
Family say goodbye to the Leicester City owner in Bangkok temple
 during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Leicester City at Cardiff City Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
Image: Demarai Gray reveals tribute to Leicester City’s late owner after scoring against Cardiff
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ran the length of the pitch to join in the celebrations
Image: Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel ran the length of the pitch to join in the celebrations

A wreath was also laid on the pitch and two giant flags in his memory were unfurled. One of them was “surfed” from Cardiff supporters to the Leicester visitors, as the game got under way.

Before the match the Leicester squad wore T-shirts emblazoned with an image of the man they affectionately called “the boss”.

Many were also worn by fans during the game.

Players ahead of the game wore t-shirts with the owner's picture
Fans held up their team scarves as a mark of respect
Image: Fans held up their team scarves as a mark of respect

The 60-year-old was one of five people killed when the aircraft crashed leaving the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Others who died when the helicopter came down in a staff car park were two of his staff members, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare.

The pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died.