Leicester prepare for emotional match in Cardiff

3 November 2018, 11:06 | Updated: 3 November 2018, 12:09

Khun Vichai - Leicester City owner tributes

Leicester City play their first game this afternoon since last weekend's helicopter crash near their stadium which killed five people, including the club's owner.

Team manager Claude Puel has said the result is not important - what matters is that they honour Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's memory.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in his helicopter just after it left the King Power Stadium, along with two of his staff members, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare and pilot Eric Swaffer and his partner Izabela Roza Lechowicz.

Speaking publically for the first time since the tragedy, striker Jamie Vardy said: "We all spoke about wanting to play, it's what Vichai would've wanted and that's what we are going to do.

"We need to make sure we go out there and honour his name and put in a performance that will hopefully get the win. I know people are saying the result doesn't matter but for us as players we want to get a positive result.

"It's going to be tough and very emotional and what the lads wanted to do was play this game and honour the man himself.

"The main thing is we all come together even stronger and do Vichai proud."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock believes Leicester have made the right decision to play against his side.

"Originally I didn't think the game would go ahead, and if I'm totally honest I was hoping it wasn't going to go ahead

"Monday and Tuesday this week, it was too emotional. But I understand now where they are and I think it's a good decision to go ahead with it now because you've got to move on and you've got to get people back to normality as soon as possible."

Warnock said he did not know what atmosphere to expect at the Cardiff City Stadium.

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off, the two sets of players will wear black armbands and supporters will unveil a giant flag with the Thai emblem on it in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

"I think it will be a strange atmosphere before kick-off, but I haven't got a clue what to expect,"Warnock said.

"You'd probably have to ask me after the game. But their players and our players will appreciate they can give 90 minutes and get it out of their system."

Cardiff City will host Leicester City with the kick-off at 3pm - on the same day memorial services for Mr Srivaddhanaprabha are due to get under way with prayers at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

In keeping with Thai tradition, the funeral is expected to last a week.

Many Leicester players including Jamie Vardy, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan are due to fly to Thailand to support their chairman's family after they have finished the game in Cardiff.