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Emotional Scenes As Leicester Players Present Chairman Top Srivaddhanaprabha With FA Cup

Alex Reid

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Emotional Scenes As Leicester Players Present Chairman Top Srivaddhanaprabha With FA Cup

There was hardly a dry eye at Wembley as Leicester chairman Top Srivaddhanaprabha was presented with the FA Cup by his players - as they all then pointed to the sky in tribute to his late father.

Leicester had defeated Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Youri Tielemans' second-half screamer. But the emotional outpouring at the final whistle was second to that shared by the players, manager Brendan Rodgers and Srivaddhanaprabha after full-time.

After Leicester had lifted the trophy, the players insisted that their chairman - whose father Vichai tragically died in a helicopter crash in 2018 - join in their celebrations.

After Top had embraced several of the players and Rodgers, Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel presented the chairman with the cup. As the players roared and surrounded him, the 35-year-old Thai businessman lifted the trophy aloft.

Poignantly, a large mural in tribute to his father, the former Leicester chairman, hung over some of the Wembley seating - as Top raised a finger to the sky in tribute.

"Our dreams can come true... If we have the courage to pursue them," read the quote from Vichai.

On BT Sport, Dion Dublin and Rio Ferdinand explained exactly why there was such a special connection between the Leicester owners, fans, players and manager.

"I don't think you'll see another owner come on the pitch like that and be loved, like this man's being loved," said Dublin.

Ferdinand explained: "You know what they [the owners] do? They back the club, they back their managers, but there's a face to it - that's the difference.

"There's clubs that are owned by people who put money in etc, but they stand behind the curtain. These guys are there."

It was Leicester's fifth FA Cup final - but their first victory - an incredible moment of success coming after the Foxes' fairytale Premier League triumph in 2016.

Featured image credit: BT Sport/Twitter

Topics: Leicester City, Football, FA Cup

Alex Reid
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