LONDON – As a matter of concern, Sunday grew on the fate of the owner of the English Premier League football club Leicester City after his helicopter crashed Saturday night in a flame ball, the fans responded with outbursts of fear and prayers.
Reuters, along with British Broadcasting Corporation BBC and Sky News reported on Sunday that the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, had been on chopper who left the field after a match against West Ham and crashed about 8: 30 local time on the King Power Stadium basics.
With no official statement from Vichai’s family, the football club or police, the fans filled the gap with hope and gratitude for the man and his family.
A spokesman from Leicester City said on Twitter “The club will issue a more detailed statement when further information has been prepared.”
“Everyone is waiting to hear an update about a man we’ve never met or met a few times but love and love,” Hayley Sanderson wrote on Twitter. “It’s the true meaning of football. The hearts break all over the city right now. “
” Absolutely devastating news about the helicopter crash #LCFC, ” Neil Harris wrote on Twitter .” Apart from the bankrolling club for a decade, these guys have thrown millions into hospitals and local charities. “
Mr. Vichai, a Thai billionaire who founded the duty-free retail war, King Power International, has been driven by fans ever since he bought the 2010 team and transformed it into a story of history, bounded by a Premier League title in 2016
“You can not express love and respect for them in this city, “Harris says.
” I think most of us # LCFC fans wake up and wait for the inevitable news ” wrote Kristopher Warder, describing himself as a “massive # LCFC fan” on Twitter.
“He is the man who allowed us to live the dream. There is no owner in the country who comes close to how it is linked to a city he became, he said.
Some fans were hopeful when they waited for information about what caused the accident.
“You Got The Biggest Soccer Miracle”, Charlie Palethorpe, a 20-year-old student at the University of Brighton, wrote in a tweet . “Bid for your own miracle now,” he added.
Leicester City players Harry Maguire and Wilfred Ndidi shared bönemojis on Twitter, like former team member Islam Slimani.
“Tallös” wrote Ben Chilwell, a defender for Leicester City and the English national team.
Gary Lineker, one of England’s most famous former professional football player and host to the popular BBC “Match of the Day” program, began his career with Leicester City. He called the events “a terrible tragedy” and “heartbreaking.”
News about the helicopters crash was broken when Linekers show started Saturday night. “It was the hardest @BBCMOTD I’ve ever been worth,” he wrote on Twitter.
The witnesses said that the chopper cleaned the arena before it sprang out of control and went down.
Leicester City tied the game, 1 -1, on Saturday. But the team’s 2016 victory – the first title in Leicester’s 132-year history – had been unthinkable before Vichai bought the team for £ 39 million, or about $ 50 million at current prices, 2010, when it was still in the second level. Four years later, Leicester was promoted to the highest level of English football.
But even before the Premier League title, Leicester fans had been enamored by Mr. Vichai, who gave away beer, scarves, pies, hot dogs and donuts at the stadium around his birthday.
Bloomberg reported that Mr. Vichai is worth $ 3.3 billion and has gained most of his wealth from King Power Group, which he developed into Thailand’s largest duty-free company. He also controls a part of AirAsia, the region’s largest discount carrier.