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Brendan Rodgers for Thailand to attend cremation of late Leicester owner

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers will travel to Thailand next week for the cremation of the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The billionaire (60) died in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on October 27 last year.

The tragedy also claimed the lives of two members of his staff, Kaveporn Punpare and Nursara Suknamai, pilot Eric Swaffer and his girlfriend and co-pilot Izabela Lechowicz.

Srivaddhanaprabha bought Leicester for £39m in 2010 and oversaw the club's remarkable rise to become Premier League champions in 2016.

The Leicester squad and staff attended his funeral in November. Foxes' players not on international duty next week, Rodgers and his backroom staff will fly out to Asia to pay their final respects.

Rodgers said yesterday: "I was made aware of that (Khun Vichai's cremation) when I came in.

"Next week the international players will go away with their teams and the remainder of the staff and players will go and show their respects and travel to Thailand for the funeral."

The Carnlough man (46) left his role as Celtic manager last month to take over at Leicester, sparking anger among some fans of the Glasgow giants.

Last week he spoke of his family's "horrendous" ordeal after a break-in at his Scottish home.

His wife and stepdaughter, Charlotte and Lola, were sleeping in the house in Bearsden near Glasgow at the time.

A number of items were stolen but nobody was injured.

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