Leicester kept emotion in check in win against Cardiff - Claude Puel

The tears shed by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel summed up the mood as a huge banner, a Thai flag with "RIP Vichai" and the Leicester badge, was unfurled before the English Premier League game at Cardiff.

Claude Puel insisted referee Lee Probert was correct to book Demarai Gray for his shirt-off goal celebration in tribute to the late Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The club's owner was one of five people tragically killed after his helicopter crashed in a vehicle park near the King Power Stadium following last weekend's home game against West Ham.

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

The Leicester fans paid tributes to Khun Vichai before kick off at Cardiff by wearing commemorative shirts featuring his picture, as well as a minute of silence remembering his achievements.

The Denmark worldwide has since played more than 300 games for the Foxes and was a huge figure in Leicester's 2015-16 title-winning season, when they triumphed despite having odds of 5,000-1 at the start of the campaign.

"I was on the pitch and I waved him off", said Schmeichel, before he flew with teammates and coaching staff to Bangkok to attend Vichai's funeral.

"It was tough", said Schmeichel, who had grief counselling during the week.

Upon entering the temple, they gave Vichai's family a hug, and then offered up jasmine flowers as they knelt in front of a octagonal bejeweled urn given by the king to pay their final respects to their beloved chairman.

"All the memories we've made together as a family, without him it would have never happened so again, overwhelming sense of pride to be part of it".

Leicester fans were also given commemorative t-shirts, many of which could be seen dotted around the stadium.

"When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite fantastic".

Despite the yellow card, Leicester walked away from the match proud to take home the win in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

Many felt Probert demonstrated a complete lack of understanding and common sense in booking Gray given the sensitive and raw nature of last weeks tragic events that has united the footballing world.

  • Stacy Allen