Mahrez ded­i­cates Wem­b­ley win­ner to tragic Le­ices­ter owner

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Manch­ester City star Riyad Mahrez (left) ded­i­cated his Wem­b­ley win­ner against Tot­ten­ham to Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha (right) after the “heart­break­ing” death of the Le­ices­ter owner. Vichai died last week­end when his he­li­copter crashed just mo­ments after tak­ing off from Le­ices­ter’s King Power Sta­dium fol­low­ing their match against West Ham.

The foot­ball world was stunned by the tragic ac­ci­dent and it was es­pe­cially hard to take for Mahrez, who spent over four years with Le­ices­ter and was a key fig­ure in their re­mark­able Premier League ti­tle tri­umph in 2016. The Al­ge­ria winger en­joyed a good re­la­tion­ship with the charis­matic Vichai be­fore mov­ing to City ahead of the cur­rent cam­paign. Dev­as­tated Mahrez ad­mit­ted he was torn about whether to play for City against Tot­ten­ham, but went ahead be­cause he be­lieved Vichai would have wanted him to. After scor­ing the only goal of the game in the sixth minute, Mahrez cel­e­brated by rais­ing his fin­gers to the sky in trib­ute to Vichai. “It has been very, very dif­fi­cult for me. It is not easy to have this type of stuff. The ‘Boss’ was very spe­cial to me,” Mahrez told Sky Sports. “I spent four and a half years there and have many mem­o­ries with him. He was such a good per­son.”

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