Gary Lineker received a lot of praise for Match of the Day introduction


The football world has been rocked after Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter crashed outside the club’s ground shortly after Saturday’s draw against West Ham.

At the time of writing, it is not known whether there were any casualties.

Eyewitness John Butcher told Sky Sports: “As we came out, we saw my nephew who saw the helicopter lose control, start spinning and hit the ground within a second and just exploded. We've all seen the flames, the smoke.”

The incident came towards the end of a miserable day for football.

Earlier in the day, an elderly Brighton fan died after being taken ill at the club’s match against Wolves.

And BT Sport cancelled their BT Sport Score show after pundit Glenn Hoddle was taken ill.

"The condition is serious but Glenn is receiving specialist treatment and responding well," a spokesman said on the 61-year-old.

Match of the Day intro

The sad news prompted a sombre introduction by Gary Lineker on BBC’s Match of the Day.

“Hello, we'd normally come on air and tell you about the games to look forward to seeing in the show. This, though, is no ordinary Saturday," he started.

Lineker then paid tribute to Hoddle before addressing the helicopter crash.

Lineker then tweeted after the show.

The 57-year-old received a lot of praise for the way he handled the show’s introduction.

Match of the Day commentator Alistair Mann appeared on the show after the match highlights were aired.

“It's come down, apparently there was smoke initially, then a pop and it seems to have become engulfed in flames,” he said.

Footage has also emerged showing the moment Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter departed the centre circle at the King Power Stadium.

Srivaddhanaprabha, who became Leicester owner in 2010 and oversaw their Premier League triumph in 2016, travels to every home game by his private helicopter.

He frequently leaves the same way, with the aircraft landing in the centre circle.

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