Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel says the helicopter crash that killed the club’s revered Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will haunt him forever after he witnessed the tragedy.
The thirty-two year-old Danish international — speaking after Leicester had beaten Cardiff on Saturday in their first match since the crash, which also killed four others — waved the helicopter off following the one, one draw with West Ham on October 27.
Moments later it came down, with Schmeichel reported to have been stopped by police as he ran towards the burning wreckage.
Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011, a year after Vichai bought the club, and was a pivotal figure in their fairy tale Premier League title win in 2016.
He admitted to shaking as he warmed up in Cardiff before the game on Saturday.
The goalkeeper, who had the Thai national flag on his gloves, then joined his teammates and backroom staff around the centre circle to pay tribute to Vichai and the other victims.
Schmeichel, who faces another emotion-packed game this Saturday when Leicester play their first home match since the tragedy against Burnley, said Vichai transcended the traditional image of a Premier League club owner.