Football lost a great man but Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha left a lasting legacy and his contribution to the English game will never be forgotten.
THE old saying goes that death and love are the two wings that bear the good man to heaven.
This was certainly the case for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who along with four others tragically lost his life when his helicopter crashed on Saturday night following Leicester’s match with West Ham.
Since his passing there has been a massive out-pouring of grief for a man hugely loved and respected, especially in Leicester, the city and the club who he gave so much to.
Srivaddhanaprabha, a 60-year-old Thai billionaire, was the Prince Charming in the greatest footballing fairy-tale of all time. It was his vision, energy; time and financial investment that saw his 5,000-1 outsiders incredibly win the title in 2016.
That feat coupled with his generous multi-million pound donations to the city’s hospital, his human touch, genuine interest in the club and likeable persona endeared him to all those whose paths were lucky enough to cross his.
Srivaddhanaprabha was the polar opposite of the likes of Owen Oysten, Mike Ashley and the Glazers and his people loved him all the more for it.
His tragic loss is breaking the hearts of not just his family and Foxes fans but everyone connected to the game.
And as his players take to the field to play Cardiff, the man many of them saw as a father-figure will be laid to rest in his native land.
The ceremony in Bangkok will last a week and Leicester stars will make a 12,000-mile round trip to pay their final respects.
British Products want to acknowledge Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and wish him sạntip̣hāph khụ̄x khwām s̄uk̄h s̄ūngs̄ud (peace is the highest bliss).
ON Monday night it was the Tottenham Titans versus the Manchester Mavericks in soccerball.
It was a shut-out zero-zero until minute six when Riyad Mahrez in his Double Decker uniform burst in to London’s hotbox, lost his match-ups and struck it in the wheelhouse with his cleats.
Sorry my mistake it just LOOKED like an American Football game and what I should have said is Riyad Mahrez tapped in Manchester City’s winner from close range in the sixth-minute against Tottenham.
In all seriousness Spurs have embarrassed the Premier League by not getting their house in order and allowing a game to be televised to millions worldwide on a cabbage-patch of a pitch that had hosted an NFL game the day before.
LOOK AT ME. Look at me. Please look at me. I want attention. I need attention. I crave attention. It’s all about meeeeeeeee!
Paul Pogba took the most ridiculous penalty the Premier League has seen since Thierry Henry and Robert Pires collectively lost their minds for Arsenal way back in 2005.
Manchester United won the clash 2-1 but they were gifted the spot-kick after referee Jon Moss fell for Anthony Martial’s theatrical tumble.
The Frenchman took 26 bizarre mini steps before seeing Jordan Pickford save his penalty, although he did stab in the rebound. Now unless he is a huge fan of Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Walks there really is no excuse for this type of childish behaviour.
Everton are without a win in their last 30 Premier League away games against the ‘big six’ (D9 L21), since a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford against United in December 2013.
The Toffees hardly have a good track record in these games but it shows how far this United team have fallen that they needed both hard graft and luck to edge this contest.
Pogba is a myth and the difference between stupidity and genius is genius has its limits. Yes he won the World Cup but David May won the Champions League and Cedric Soares has a European Championship medal so go figure.
AND finally Lewis Hamilton claimed his FIFTH Formula One title to draw level with the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio.
His fourth-place finish at Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix was enough to see off closest rival Sebastian Vettel.
Now Hamilton is up there with the Argentine hero of the 50s only Michael Schumacher has more titles.
At 33 and by far the best driver of his generation Hamilton still has time to get the other two needed to be joint greatest of all time. Or perhaps he’ll go for another three to be the stand alone record holder?
He has the talent to do it because if the great Brit was any faster he’d catch up to yesterday!