Leicester City helicopter crash: Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan pays tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following chairman’s death

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Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has told talkSPORT the death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is ‘a big loss for Thailand’, as he paid tribute to ‘a great man, and a nice man’.

The 60-year-old Foxes owner was killed on Saturday evening in a tragic helicopter accident, as his private aircraft crashed outside the King Power Stadium shortly after taking off from the pitch following Leicester’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.

The club have described the disaster as the ‘darkest day’ in their history.

Tributes have poured in for Khun Vichai – the man behind Leicester’s incredible Premier League win – from all four corners of the football world.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a popular man with Leicester fans

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was a popular man with Leicester fans

A host of current and former players, rival supporters, clubs from England and abroad and even The Duke of Cambridge and Football Association president Prince William, who had known him for a number of years, sent their thoughts and prayers to Leicester City and the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who were at the King Power to lay flowers of their own.

Cardiff owner Tan, who hails from neighbouring Malaysia, also paid tribute to the Leicester chief and told talkSPORT a story of how Khun Vichai welcomed him to the Premier League when the Bluebirds were first promoted to the top flight under his leadership.

“I knew him and I’m very, very sad this has happened – what a tragic accident,” Tan told talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday.

“He was a great man, a nice man.

“When Cardiff were promoted to the Premier League in 2013, he invited me and my family to lunch.

One of the many tributes which have been placed outside the King Power Stadium since Sunday morning

One of the many tributes which have been placed outside the King Power Stadium since Sunday morning

“He is a big loss for Thailand and a big loss for Leicester City.

“He did so much for Leicester City, especially when they won the Premier League title in 2016 – it was an incredible and remarkable achievement.

“He was an icon in Thailand, Asia and the wider football world for what he achieved with Leicester.”

Listen to Cardiff owner Vincent Tan’s tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha above

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