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Cardiff City and Leicester City put their rivalries aside to pay tribute to victims of helicopter crash

Cardiff City and Leicester City both put their rivalries aside to pay tribute to the victims of the helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium.

Demarai Gray’s second half strike secured the three points for Leicester in their first game since the tragic accident, which killed five people, including Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The Leicester players were applauded on their arrival at the stadium, before both sets of fans observed a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off.

While fans in the Ninian Stand paraded a flag baring the words ‘RIP Vichai’ and the travelling supporters paid tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha with flags of their own.

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Cardiff owner Vincent Tan was unable to attend the fixture, but his son U-Peng Tan, laid a wreath on the field prior to kick-off.

Long after the final whistle, Leicester fans remained in the away end and continued to chant the Thai owner’s name.

The Leicester players, manager and backroom staff all made their way over to the travelling supporters to acknowledge their support on a difficult afternoon for everyone associated with the club.

The footballing world were left in shock following the events which unfolded outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.

And the result in the Welsh capital – as Leicester manager Claude Puel expressed ahead of the game – did not seem to be important.

“The result is not important, but our desire, our actions to give our best on the pitch to honour our chairman, is the most important thing. I’m confident after I saw my players at training that they can give their best,” said Puel.

His side certainly put in a performance to honour their owner, and both clubs paid a fitting tribute to a man who was highly thought of in the city of Leicester.