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TRIB­UTES have been paid from across the sport­ing world to the foot­ball, rac­ing and polo mag­nate who died in a he­li­copter crash on 27 Oc­to­ber aged 60.

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha was chair­man of Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club and a huge sup­porter of polo and rac­ing.

He had 67 horses in train­ing with seven dif­fer­ent train­ers, un­der his King Power ban­ner, and was a keen polo player.

His teams have dom­i­nated the Bri­tish high-goal cir­cuit in re­cent years, with King Power Foxes win­ning the Gold Cup for the Bri­tish Open cham­pi­onship in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Thai bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man de­vel­oped the King Power base in Sus­sex into one of the world’s largest polo fa­cil­i­ties.

He em­ployed many of the world’s best polo play­ers, in­clud­ing Ar­gen­tine 10-goalers Fa­cundo and Gon­za­l­ito Pieres, and gave chances to young Bri­tish play­ers to ride on the world stage as part of his teams.

A state­ment from the Hurling­ham Polo As­so­ci­a­tion said the sport has “lost one of its great sup­port­ers” who will be “sorely missed by the whole polo com­mu­nity”.

A minute’s si­lence was held ahead of rac­ing at Le­ices­ter on 29 Oc­to­ber, and jock­eys wore black arm­bands in his me­mory.

Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Rust said Mr Srivaddhanaprabha’s death is “a tragedy for the world of sport and horserac­ing”.

“His en­thu­si­asm for rac­ing was clear and I am sure that we had only seen the be­gin­nings of what would have been a tre­men­dous love af­fair,” said Mr Rust, adding his in­vest­ment “helped sup­port the liveli­hoods of many peo­ple” within the rac­ing in­dus­try.

“Our thoughts go to his friends and fam­ily, and those within rac­ing who shared and en­joyed his love of the sport, and to the loved ones of all those who per­ished in this tragic ac­ci­dent.”

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