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JFF express sadness at death of Leicester City owner

MOURNING: Tributes to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at Leicester City Football Club

THE JAMAICA Football Federation has expressed its sadness at the death of Leicester City Football Club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Srivaddhanaprabha was killed when his helicopter crashed in a car park outside the club’s King Power stadium after Leicester City’s match against West Ham on Saturday (October 27).

Michael Ricketts, the president of the Jamaica Football Federation, said: "This is a tragedy of no mean order.

“We admired from a distance what seemed to be a calm, very involved and warm individual, who invested heavily in the club. We extend special condolences to Wes who must have been close to the owner as the captain in that historic year."

Jamaica’s national men’s team The Reggae Boyz have a special connection to the club via Wes Morgan who captained Leicester City to their historic 2016 Premier League title win.

The club finished top of the league for the first time in its history.

Srivaddhanaprabha, was well loved by fans of the club for his contributions to the club and the city.

The 61-year-old billionaire was the fourth richest man in Thailand.

Ricketts, other members of the Jamaica Football Federation and Jamaica’s national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, were in the UK at the time of the crash for a special match in Nottingham.

The Reggae Girlz played Nottingham Forest Ladies in a match organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush. The Reggae Girlz defeated Nottingham Forest Ladies 3-0.

The match was attended by almost 4,000 people.

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