Leicester City’s Carabao Cup tie with Southampton postponed following helicopter crash that killed owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others
- Leicester’s home Carabao Cup tie with Southampton on Tuesday postponed
- EFL and club confirmed fourth round game will be played at later date
- Development Squad fixture with Feyenoord will also be rearranged
- EFL said black armbands will be worn at matches over the next week
- READ: Leicester confirm billionaire owner was killed in helicopter crash
Leicester City’s Carabao Cup tie with Southampton on Tuesday evening has been postponed following the helicopter crash that killed the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.
The fourth round fixture, scheduled to be played at the King Power Stadium, will be played at a later date, the EFL confirmed.
The club, city and wider football community has been left in a state of shock and mourning after the helicopter carrying Srivaddhanaprabha spun out of control shortly after taking off from the pitch following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Supporters paid tribute at Leicester City’s stadium following owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death in a helicopter crash
A sea of scarves and flowers are laid outside the King Power Stadium on Sunday
An aerial view of the crashed helicopter’s charred remains shows the aircraft partially covered by a sheet on Sunday
The scene of the crash has been sealed off by police with a sheet covering one end of the helicopter in the stadium’s car park
Leicester City fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Tuesday Southampton (H) P-P
Carabao Cup fourth round
Saturday Cardiff City (A)
November 10 Burnley (H)
November 24 Brighton (A)
December 1 Watford (H)
December 5 Fulham (A)
Leicester also said their Development Squad fixture against Dutch club Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup has also been postponed.
The EFL also confirmed that black armbands will be worn at matches around the country over the next seven days.
Leicester’s next first-team fixture is at Cardiff City on Saturday, while their next home match is against Burnley on November 10.
Thousands of grief-stricken supporters flocked to the ground on Sunday, laying hundreds of flowers, shirts and scarves in tribute to the Thai businessman who masterminded their miraculous Premier League triumph in 2016.
Pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner and co-pilot Izabela Lechowicz died in the crash, along with Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare, who both worked for Srivaddhanaprabha.
Leicester’s players were also in a state of shock and posted poignant messages in tribute to the man they nicknamed ‘The Boss.’
The helicopter belonging to Leicester owner Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday
Fans have returned to the stadium from miles around to pay tribute to those killed
A graphic shows the location adjacent to the King Power Stadium where the crash happened
FULL CLUB STATEMENT FROM LEICESTER CITY
It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived.
The primary thoughts of everyone at the club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss.
In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the club that is now his legacy.
A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects.
Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course.
Both Tuesday’s first team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed.
Everyone at the club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel wrote: ‘I am so totally devastated and heartbroken. I cannot believe what I saw. It just doesn’t seem real!
‘It is difficult to put into words how much you have meant to this football club and to the city of Leicester. You cared so deeply for the entire community. Your endless contribution to Leicester’s hospitals and charities will never be forgotten.
‘Never have I ever come across a man like you. You touched everyone. You changed football. Forever! You gave hope to everyone that the impossible was possible.
‘When you signed me back in 2011 you said to me we would be in the Champions League within six years and we would do great things. You inspired me and I believed in you. You literally made my dreams come true.
‘It breaks my heart to know I will never see you in the dressing room when I came in early from my warm-up and have a chat about everything and nothing.
‘That you won’t be there having fun and laughing with the boys and seeing your infectious smile and enthusiasm that rubbed off on everyone you came into contact with.
Srivaddhanaprabha waves to fans after a Premier League clash between Leicester City and Southampton in April 2016
The helicopter took off from the centre circle of the pitch with staff and pundits looking on – but moments later it crashed
‘We now have a responsibility as a club, as players, and fans to honour you. From knowing you we do this by being the family you created. By sticking together and supporting those closest to you through this horrendous time.’
Jamie Vardy wrote: ‘Struggling to find the right words, but to me you are legend, an incredible man who had the biggest heart, the soul of Leicester City Football Club.
‘Thank you for everything you did for me, my family, and our club. I will truly miss you. May you rest in peace.’
Harry Maguire posted: ‘Words can’t describe how I feel. A truly great, kind, loving man who will be missed so much by everyone. I will never forget the Chairman’s support, not only during my time @LCFC but also during the World Cup RIP #TheBoss.
Wes Morgan said: ‘Absolutely heartbroken and devastated. A man that was loved and adored by everyone here and someone who I personally had the utmost respect for.’
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