Club re­veals plans for a statue of Khun Vichai

Leicester Mercury - - King Power Tragedy -

LE­ICES­TER City have an­nounced plans to place a statue of Khun Vichai out­side the King Power Sta­dium.

Khun Vichai’s son, Aiyawatt, known af­fec­tion­ately to the Le­ices­ter City fam­ily as Top, last night con­firmed the plans to hon­our the 60-year-old busi­ness­man’s mem­ory.

He said: “We will never be able to re­pay what he did for us – for me as his son, us as his fam­ily, ev­ery­one con­nected to Le­ices­ter City and be­yond – but we are com­mit­ted to hon­our­ing his mem­ory and up­hold­ing his legacy.

“Our con­tin­ued growth as a club, our state-of-the-art new train­ing ground and our planned sta­dium ex­pan­sion will help re­alise his vi­sion for Le­ices­ter City.

“I plan to com­mis­sion a statue of my fa­ther, for out­side the King Power Sta­dium, as a per­ma­nent and fit­ting trib­ute to the man that made it all pos­si­ble.

“He will for­ever be in our hearts. He will never be for­got­ten.”

Top has also writ­ten a per­sonal trib­ute to his fa­ther in a sou­venir pro­gramme for to­day’s game against Burn­ley.

In the eight years since the Sri­vad­dhanaprabha fam­ily took own­er­ship of Le­ices­ter City, Khun Vichai helped trans­form the club be­yond all recog­ni­tion.

Un­der his guid­ance, the Foxes es­tab­lished them­selves in English foot­ball’s top flight, be­came Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons in 2016 and reached the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals.

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