Gary Lineker says MOTD was ‘most difficult he’d ever hosted’ after chopper crash

Gary Lineker and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy have led the football world in tributes last night following the horrific helicopter crash near the King Power stadium.

Popular frontman Vardy tweeted that he was sending his prayers to those caught in the crash, which is thought to include popular chairman Vichai Srivaddhnaprabha.

Match of the Day host and well-known Foxes fan Lineker tweeted: "That was the most difficult (Match of the Day) I’ve ever hosted.

"Thoughts are with everyone at Leicester City. A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking."

Thai billionaire Mr Srivaddhnaprabha regularly uses a private helicopter to leave the stadium after Leicester City home games.

The football world is in shock this morning awaiting news about the casualties.

Manchester United Women have scrapped their game away to Leicester City that was due to be held today.

One witness said he saw Leicester player Kasper Schmeichel run out of the stadium towards the scene of the crash.

Witnesses said they saw it just clear the stadium before it spiralled out of control, with some describing seeing a fireball as it crashed.

"Terrible scenes at Leicester," tweeted West Ham centre-back Fabian Balbuena, who scored against Leicester. "My prayers and thoughts go out to everyone involved."

Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, owner and chairman of duty-free company King Power International Group is worth an estimated $3.8bn (£2.9bn).

It is not known at this stage who else was on board.

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