Leicester to return to action Saturday after death of owner

Buddhist Monks pay their respects at Leicester City soccer club Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018, after Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, seen in poster, died along with four other people Saturday evening in a helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium. The flight data recorder from the helicopter that crashed with the Leicester soccer team's owner on board is being examined by investigators, authorities said. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the son of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and his mother Aimon look at tributes placed outside Leicester City Football Club, Leicester, England, Monday Oct. 29, 2018, after a helicopter crashed in flames Saturday. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of Premier League team Leicester City was among five people who died after his helicopter crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the soccer field, the club said Sunday. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Buddhist Monks pay their respects at Leicester City soccer club Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018, after Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, seen in poster, died along with four other people Saturday evening in a helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium. The flight data recorder from the helicopter that crashed with the Leicester soccer team's owner on board is being examined by investigators, authorities said. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)
Mourners sign a book of condolence for Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at Leicester City soccer club Tuesday Oct. 30, 2018. Leicester Chairman Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those who died on Saturday when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

LEICESTER, England — Leicester's Premier League fixture against Cardiff is going ahead as planned on Saturday, the team's first game since the death of its owner and four other people in a helicopter crash.

Leicester's players have been visibly affected by the tragedy and have spent Monday and Tuesday attending commemorative events to pay tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the club's popular Thai owner whose helicopter spiraled out of control as it left the King Power Stadium following a Premier League game on Saturday.

Leicester's English League Cup match against Southampton, scheduled for Tuesday, was canceled, while games involving the club's women's team were also called off in wake of the crash.

There will be a minute's silence before kickoff in the Cardiff-Leicester match in the Welsh capital, as there will be at games throughout England's top division this weekend. Players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.

"We will be offering our support to Leicester City in any way necessary in respect of this weekend's fixture," Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo said.

Leicester opened a book of condolence inside a specially erected marquee in memory of Vichai on Tuesday, as more supporters and people from the wider community arrived at the stadium to pay their respects.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy laid a wreath among an ever-growing shrine to Vichai that includes flowers, scarves and soccer jerseys.

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