Leicester City players have flown out to Thailand for the funeral of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha just hours after their win against Cardiff.
The team boarded a plane shortly after the club’s 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon, which they said was for ‘him and his family’.
They will reportedly be in Thailand for 36 hours to pay tribute at the temple where Mr Vichai’s body is being kept.
Speaking after the game, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said: ‘That was a tough game, not just on the pitch, but mentally.
‘There are a lot of exhausted people in there now but I am proud of this team and the club, the way everyone has handled themselves has been unbelievable.
‘Coming out for the warm-up was tough, the first 10 minutes I couldn’t steady myself, I was shaking a little bit.
‘But it was nice to get a win to take to Thailand now and hopefully we did his family proud.’
He confirmed the team would be heading out to Thailand straight after the game ended.
The mood was emotional and poignant at Leicester’s first match since owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash exactly a week ago.
A huge banner, a Thai flag with “RIP Vichai” and the Leicester badge was unfurled before there was an emotional minute’s silence.
Floral tributes were laid on the pitch as the teams and coaching staff gathered in the center circle for the silence in memory of Vichai and the four other victims.
Captain Wes Morgan said: ‘We were very close to the chairman. We know what his wishes were. He used to come down at home games, have a joke and a laugh, always say, `Want win and three points.’ We did that today.
‘It has not been an easy week, we had to try and hold our emotions in today and do the best we can.
‘We have a very emotional connection with the fans, so we stayed till the end and celebrated victory with them.’