Kasper Schmeichel Bursts Into Tears During Minute Silence Before Cardiff-Leicester Match

Before Leicester City's match against Cardiff City, both teams held a minute-long silence for former Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Kasper Schmeichel, who had rushed out to the crashed helicopter at the King Power Stadium last weekend, burst into tears during the tribute.

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Credit: PA

During their warm-up routine, Leicester players wore special shirts to pay tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha.

SPORTbible previously reported that Leicester manager Claude Puel confirmed that the 31-year-old Dane was left stunned by the incident.

"Kasper lived this situation and saw some terrible things," he said. "Of course, Kasper, like all the players, is devastated.

"All my squad have a lot of sadness and are upset about this event. It was a difficult moment, just after the incident."

The 57-year-old Frenchman came out to squash reports that he had been on board the helicopter, as well as revealing that he was at the stadium when the crash took place.

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"I was in my office in the stadium, with my family, friends and with all my staff," he explained.

"Mike gave me the news and, of course, we were devastated. We could not understand what happened.

"With the staff, we remained a long time together without the possibility to share words. It was silence.

"After, I saw Kasper. I think he was the only player remaining after the game.

"We know what he saw and we shared. It was difficult, very difficult. It was a bad moment."

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Credit: PA

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was leaving in a private helicopter after Leicester's 1-1 draw to West Ham United when it crashed in the arena's car park.

The club announced on Sunday night that the 61-year-old Thai businessman had passed away.

Leicestershire Police named two members of Srivaddhanaprabha's staff -- Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare -- pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz as those who have also lost their lives.

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