LEICESTER, England (REUTERS) – Leicester City has dealt a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the King Power stadium on Saturday (November 10th) when football was once again overshadowed by emotional tributes to the latest owner of the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Thousands of supporters walked to the center of the city before the Premier League game, which preceded two minutes of silence for the billionaire of Thailand. Vichai died in a helicopter crash after the last race of the city two weeks ago.
With the participation of the Vichai family, Leicester players who made a 19,000-kilometer return journey to Thailand for the funeral in the middle of the week wore special souvenir shirts while almost every fan brought one of the specially distributed scarf bearing the words "Forever In Hearts".
Football would always be of secondary importance in such emotionally charged circumstances, and Leicester, without ever presenting Harry Maguire and James Maddison from the injury of the season, was struggling to keep his focus.
Jamie Vardy, who did not score in five league games, moved closer to the first half with a shot clearing Matt Lowton as Burnley struggled to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat of the championship.
The game opened after the break when Chris Wood of Burnley was cut and Ricardo Pereira headed Leicester, who failed to score in the league for the first time this season.
Three former Leicester directors – Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare – all were watching from the sidelines.
Then, Vichai's son and vice president of Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha received a Thai flag in the central circle with the crowd listening to "Leicester, Leicester, Leicester."
With tears in his eyes, the vice president led the players and the staff around the stadium, as his father's name struck around the ground.