Leicester City bids farewell to owner
A melancholic lyric has been added to honor the owner who made one of the greatest sporting underdog successes possible: “Champions of England. You made us sing that.” It is why Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will always be held in deep regard by the people of Leicester, where soccer returned for the first time since the Thai entrepreneur’s death.
“The Boss” was the simple message on many T-shirts as up to 20,000 people embarked on a mile-long walk to the stadium where, two weeks ago, the 60-year-old owner died when his helicopter spiraled out of control shortly after taking off from the center circle. Leicester City, the 201516 Premier League champion as 5,000-to-1 underdogs, tied Burnley 0-0.
The first leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate was postponed because torrential rain flooded La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The South American championship – which this year features one of the most intense rivalries in the world – is scheduled to start Sunday.
Separated from male supporters, hundreds of Iranian women watched as eight-time Japanese champion Kashima Antlers won the Asian Champions League for the first time on aggregate after drawing the second leg with Iranian champion Persepolis 0-0 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. Women have been mainly prohibited from attending men’s games and other sports events in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
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