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Leicester’s game at Cardiff will go ahead on Saturday.

Tributes to Leicester City owner will be paid at Premier League games this weekend

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There will be a minute’s silence at all Premier League matches this weekend and players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect following the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The Premier League made the announcement after Leicester decided that their match away at Cardiff will go ahead as planned on Saturday.

It is thought the players have chosen to play the game, which will come just one week after the helicopter crash which killed five people, including Srivaddhanaprabha.

Both Cardiff and the Premier League were prepared to postpone the match in light of the tragedy, which has seen an outpouring of emotion from players, supporters and the wider community both in Leicester and nationwide.

A statement from the Premier League said: “Leicester City’s Premier League fixture at Cardiff City will go ahead as planned on Saturday 3 November.

“The decision comes after consultation with Leicester following the devastating events on Saturday evening when owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people lost their lives in the helicopter crash outside King Power Stadium.

“As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands at all Premier League fixtures this weekend. Clubs will also pay tribute by holding a minute’s silence.

“A number of clubs will also be marking Remembrance Day 2018 at these fixtures.”

Leicester’s Carabao Cup tie against Southampton, due to be held on Tuesday night, was postponed with a new date yet to be arranged.

Leicester have followed the example of its sister club OH Leuven, who have postponed their midweek fixture – but the Belgian club will play at the weekend.

Cardiff executive director and chief executive Ken Choo was respectful of Leicester’s wishes and offered his sympathies.

“Following Saturday evening’s terrible events at King Power Stadium, the thoughts and feelings of Leicester City FC are at the forefront of our minds,” Choo said in a statement on the club’s website.

“As such, we will be offering our support to Leicester City in any way necessary in respect of this weekend’s fixture.”

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Leuven, taken over by King Power last year with Srivaddhanaprabha operating as chairman and managed by former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, were due to host Lommel on Wednesday evening but the second division fixture will now take place on December 4. Their match against Tubize on Saturday will go ahead.

Pearson, who won the Championship title with Leicester under Srivaddhanaprabha, before performing a successful rescue mission in their first season back in the Premier League, paid tribute to someone he says had “an immeasurable influence on English football.”

“It is with extreme difficulty that I write to express and offer my sincere condolences and support to the Srivaddhanaprabha and wider King Power family,” Pearson said in a statement on Leuven’s website.

“His quiet yet authoritative aura, presence and personality have had an immeasurable influence on English football.

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“The leadership and managerial processes he instilled and encouraged within Leicester City over a sustained period of time has borne fruit in such a way that people throughout the world witnessed the impossible by seeing a club win the Premier League in the most incredible circumstances.

“This most definitely ensured the belief that sporting miracles can happen. I have been privileged to manage both clubs owned by King Power, and at Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium, have the task of building a club which can emulate King Power’s success in England.”

On Tuesday, Leicester opened a book of condolence in memory of Srivaddhanaprabha. That morning at 8am fans and people from the wider community in Leicester were able to come and write their messages in the book of condolence inside a specially-erected marquee.

The marquee, which is situated outside the club shop, will be open every day from 8am until 10pm “for the foreseeable future.” People unable to visit the stadium can leave a message in an online book of condolence via the club’s website.

Leicester’s City Hall and County Hall will also light up in blue this week to honour Srivaddhanaprabha, as well as Nusara Suknamai, Kaveporn Punpare, Izabela Roza Lechowicz and pilot Eric Swaffer who also died in the crash.

Throughout the day on Tuesday there was a steady stream of supporters arriving since the early hours as fans continue to lay their tributes, including flowers, scarves and shirts to the ever-growing shrine which now extends down the side of the entire North Stand.

Injured midfielder Daniel Amartey – who suffered a suspected broken ankle in the draw with West Ham which preceded the crash – missed the squad visit on Monday but attended alongside a club liaison officer on Tuesday to pay his respects, while Jamie Vardy returned on Tuesday to lay a wreath with his wife Rebekah.

Meanwhile, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) continue to conduct its investigations as it tries to establish what caused Saturday’s tragedy.

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