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The scenes before Cardiff City v Leicester City kicked off were heartbreaking

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It was always going to be an emotional afternoon for everybody associated with Leicester City Football Club.

This was the first time the Foxes had played since last weekend’s horrific helicopter crash which tragically claimed the lives of all five people onboard, including the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The Thai businessman’s funeral will take place in Bangkok this weekend - and Leicester’s players will be in attendance.

Many of Leicester’s players had a close relationship with Srivaddhanaprabha, the man they affectionately referred to as ‘The Boss’.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was, according to Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett, the Leicester player closest to the club’s owner.

Schmeichel rushed to the scene of the accident and attempted to help those onboard the helicopter in the minutes after it crashed and burst into flames.

However, he was prevented from doing so for his own safety by police.

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"Kasper lived this situation and saw some terrible things," Leicester boss Claude Puel told journalists earlier this week. "Of course, Kasper, like all the players, is devastated.

"All my squad have a lot of sadness and are upset about this event. It was a difficult moment, just after the incident."

Schmeichel was in tears before Leicester’s Premier League clash against Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, during the minute’s silence for Srivaddhanaprabha.

You can watch the emotional pre-match scenes in full here…

Schmeichel wasn’t the only person who cried, either. Many football fans on social media also struggled to hold back the tears.

Along with Srivaddhanaprabha, two of his staff members - Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare - were also killed in the crash.

Pilots Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz also tragically lost their lives.

It was revealed last weekend that the actions of Swaffer had prevented further casualties.

The helicopter crashed in a car park near the King Power Stadium and, fortunately, nobody on the ground was caught up in the tragedy.

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