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Vardy: Leicester City stars need to make Vichai ‘proud’

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has called on his teammates to make the club’s late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha proud after he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash last week.

Under Srivaddhanaprabha’s ownership, Leicester achieved the seemingly impossible, going from relegation candidates to winning the Premier League title back in the 2015/2016.

However, following Leicester‘s 1-1 draw with West Ham last weekend, he was tragically killed as his helicopter crashed just moments after taking off from the King Power stadiums pitch.

Speaking before today’s game with Cardiff City, Foxes striker Jamie Vardy has called upon his teammates to honour the Thai businessman in the only way they can through their performances on the pitch.

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“We need to make sure we do him proud on the pitch,” Vardy told the BBC.

Leicester’s midweek Carabao Cup game against Southampton was postponed, but their game against Cardiff today goes ahead, and Vardy has revealed that it was the players’ ‘unanimous’ decision to play this afternoon in what is set to be an emotional occasion.

“The boss [Puel] gave us the option to do other things, whatever we felt best,” Vardy explained.

“Everyone came to a unanimous decision, we get out there and make sure we prepare for an important game.

“It was a tough decision [to play at Cardiff]. But knowing what Vichai would have wanted meant it was an easier decision to make.

“Every single player and staff member needed to play and wanted to play, and we need to make sure we do him proud on the pitch.”

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