Chelsea release statement after Leicester City’s president death confirmed

Chelsea release statement after Leicester City’s president death confirmed

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Leicester City have confirmed earlier tonight club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among the five people killed in Saturday’s helicopter crash.

An official statement from Chelsea read: “Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of five people at Leicester City’s King Power stadium on Saturday evening, including the club’s chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Also on board were Nursara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, pilot Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Khun Vichai was a passionate owner and supporter of Leicester, overseeing their incredible, unforgettable 2015/16 Premier League success with N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater both a part of that team managed by Claudio Ranieri. He was a regular attendee of matches and a popular figure with fans and colleagues alike.

Our thoughts at this sad time are with the family and friends of all those who lost their lives, as well as the players, staff and supporters at Leicester City”.

Also Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri offered words of sympathy towards Leicester City and Srivaddhanaprabha‘s family before speaking about his side’s 0-4 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor.

He said: “Before speaking about football, I want to say that I am really sorry about what happened in Leicester. For the family, for the club, for the players.”