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Tributes to Vichai move Leicester boss Claude Puel

Poignant: Puel (below) praised the tributes to Srivaddhanaprabha PICTURES: EPA/REX

LEICESTER boss Claude Puel praised the tributes to late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the Foxes returned to action at the King Power Stadium.

City were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley on Saturday, the first home game since Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people died when his helicopter crashed outside the ground two weeks ago.

Former managers Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare attended, while thousands of fans marched from the city centre to the stadium in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha and Kaveporn Punpare, Nusara Suknamai, Izabela Roza Lechowicz and Eric Swaffer, who also lost their lives.

Puel said: ‘This connection, and to see the former players and managers come back to honour the chairman, shows the man he was.

‘He was a nice man who was close to his manager and players. All the time he wanted to please people around him. He was generous, but not to offer money and other things, but with his feelings.

‘The presence of the former managers and players and the support of the fans, shows the quality of this man.’

A video showing Srivaddhanaprabha and the club’s achievements under him — winning the Championship and the Premier League — was played before the game. The squad watched it earlier in the week. Puel added: ‘We saw this movie on Wednesday at the training ground. It was important to see this video before of course, but not on the day of the game.

‘It was much easier to watch because it was a strong emotion and after the movie all the players and staff remained in silence and didn’t move for a long time. There was a lot of emotion.’

Jamie Vardy had the best chance to win the match itself but his shot was cleared off the line.

They said it…

‘The best thing — if there is a best thing, which is hard to say — is it reminds everyone, certainly me, that beneath the gloss, the glamour, the winning etc, there is a club that’s part of the community — an important part of the community’ — Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who visited the tributes outside the King Power Stadium on Friday, said the tragedy and the reaction to it highlighted the positives of football