Petition Calling For Statue Of Srivaddhanaprabha Outside King Power Stadium Passes 30,000 Signatures

A fan-made petition calling for a statue of former Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha to be built outside of the King Power Stadium has amassed more than 30,000 signatures.

Ellis Greaves set up the petition on six days ago and has set a target of 35,000 signatures. At the time of this writing, the petition is on 31,460 signatures.

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"So, sadly the helicopter of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha crashed outside the King Power Stadium after the West Ham game, 27th October 2018," Greaves wrote.

"Vichai chose Leicester when we were riddled with debt. He got us out of the debt and made us the club we are today.

"We owe Vichai and his family everything. Please, if you're a Leicester fan or a football fan, sign this petition for a statue to be placed outside the King Power Stadium in memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

"Let's get as many votes as possible and us as fans [to] fund this."

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SPORTbible previously reported on a similar fan-made petition that had surfaced online, which called for the King Power to be renamed after the 61-year-old Thai businessman.

The Foxes have since responded to that petition and said they would be open to the possibility of renaming it after their former chairman.

"What is important now is to give the Srivaddhanaprabha, King Power and Leicester City family time to grieve," a King Power spokesperson said.

"In due course we will release memorial details and are touched by the public outpouring of support and condolences.

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"The King Power Stadium is already a celebration of Khun Vichai's successful business and we would be open, with family, club and supporter consultation, to discussing a name change in Khun Vichai's honour.

"We are aware of petitions seeking this type of change as well as for a statue at the club and will discuss all these wishes with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the football club."

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

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The club confirmed that Srivaddhanaprabha had passed away on Sunday night.

Two members of Srivaddhanaprabha's staff -- Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare -- pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz also lost their lives.

Prior to the club's match against Cardiff City today, players wore special shirts to pay tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha. Meanwhile, a minute silence was held before kick-off.

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