Kasper Schmeichel says he will never be able to wipe the memory of the helicopter crash which killed Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
The Thai businessman was among five people killed after his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium following the Premier League match against West Ham on October 27.
Goalkeeper Schmeichel witnessed the tragic accident and has spoken out about the memory which he feels will not leave him.
“I was on the pitch and I waved him off,” Schmeichel said after the Foxes had returned to action with a 1-0 victory at Cardiff, which the club dedicated to their late owner.
“I saw it all happen. It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately. It’s not a nice memory but I’ve had all the support that I need.
“The club has been great and everybody has received the support that they needed.”
Schmeichel joined Leicester in 2011, the summer after Srivaddhanaprabha had bought the club, and was part of a delegation of players who travelled to Thailand to attend the funeral service.
The Denmark international has since played over 300 games for the Foxes and was a huge figure in Leicester’s 2015/16 title-winning season.
An emotional minute’s silence was held prior to Leicester’s game with Cardiff, which Schmeichel admits was difficult to get through.
“It was tough… but we wanted to do it for the chairman and his family. We wanted to be together about this, because we’ve all lost what feels like a family member.
“He brought everybody here and none of this – the memories, this family he’s built, the culture he’s instilled – would be here without him.
“When he took over this club it was in a pretty precarious situation, and to build what he has is quite amazing.
“It’s one thing building a team and a club that can perform on the pitch, but we’re more proud of the family that he’s created and the feeling he’s instilled in everybody being welcome.”
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