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Leicester City’s emotional fortnight continued Saturday, as the Foxes staged their first Premier League home match since the helicopter crash that killed five people including club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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Former Leicester bosses Claudio Ranieri, Martin O’Neill and Nigel Pearson were in the crowd, as the King Power Stadium saluted the Foxes’ fallen boss with a video tribute, music, flowers, and a minute’s silence.

Adding a second minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, the absence of noise combined with the crowd’s raising of white “Forever In Our Hearts” scarves perfectly served the occasion.

Fans on a memorial walk for those who lost their lives in the Leicester City helicopter crash (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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Leicester City wearing special jerseys for Srivaddhanaprabha

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The emotional whirlwind which has been Leicester City’s past two weeks continues Saturday at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes host Burnley in what will be the first home match since owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash outside the stadium.

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Leicester City is wearing special jerseys for the match, with the words “Khun Vichai Forever In Our Hearts” printed in gold above and below the club’s crest.

Premier League clubs are already marking their jerseys with poppies this weekend for Remembrance Day, and Leicester will switch shirts for the second half of the match.

Kickoff between the Foxes and Clarets is set for 10 a.m. ET.

Schmeichel on win: “We did it for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his family”

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Leicester City’s players decided to play this weekend after the helicopter accident which claimed the life of their owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, and the Foxes pulled out a 1-0 win at Cardiff City that left them feeling proud.

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Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who raced out of the ground toward the crash scene last weekend, made a number of fine saves before and after Demarai Gray scored the winner.

“The way everyone at the club handles themselves is a testament to the family Vichai built,” Schmeichel said, via the BBC.

Schmeichel looked extremely emotional during the tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and those who died with him, and the Danish international’s reaction after the match really says it all:

“That took a lot, so proud of how everyone played today, how professional everyone was. It has been an emotional day and glad we got three points for him.

“You come across very few people that impact you. He had a really big impact on my life. You can see from the reaction that he had an impact on so many lives. I am immensely proud to have known him. I can’t imagine what his family are going through, we did it for him and his family.

“Every single player wanted to get out there to the funeral. We are glad we’ve come away today from a really tough game with a win we can bring to Thailand and hope we did the family proud.”

Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began Saturday. The players and supporters did their bit again after the match in Wales.

Leicester City wins after honoring Srivaddhanaprabha

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Demarai Gray‘s second half goal set off emotional celebrations on a day of heavy hearts as Leicester City topped Cardiff City 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

It was the first match for Leicester since the death of owner Vichai Sriddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last week.

Cardiff is back in the drop zone with the loss, while Leicester City has 16 poinyd.

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The match was non-descript aside from the opening memorial until Harry Maguire was injured, opening the door for Jonny Evans in the 27th.

Cardiff’s Victor Camarasa cranked a free kick off the woodwork after the half-hour mark.

Wilfred Ndidi couldn’t turn a solid header on goal off a 37th minute free kick.

Leicester should’ve won a penalty kick off a handball inside the six, but no call arrived in Wales.

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Kasper Schimeichel made a fine save on Josh Murphy in the 52nd minute as Cardiff bid on an opener.

That’s when the Foxes went in front, Gray nodding a perfect Ben Chilwell cross into the goal and wheeling away in celebration to rip off his shirt. He revealed a message of love to Srivaddhanaprabha.

WATCH: Leicester City, Cardiff City honor Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

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The tragic deaths of five, including Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shook the football world last weekend.

The Foxes returned to the field on Saturday with heavy hearts, honoring their late owner along with hosts Cardiff City.

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Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral began earlier Saturday in Bangkok.

The minute’s silence was moving, with nothing audible save a few coughs and a windy Cardiff City Stadium.

A wreath was laid at midfield, as Leicester’s entire team formed a half-circle on their side of midfield.

Former Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert (below) wore a tribute to Srivaddhanaprabha on his warm-up ahead of Brighton’s match at Leicester.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City warms up while waring a commemorative t-shirt for Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion is seen wearing a t-shirt to commemorate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha . (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)
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