Leicester City have confirmed that their fourth-round Carabao Cup clash with Southampton will now be played on November 27 following its postponement in the wake of Foxes chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death on Saturday.
The 60-year-old owner of the Premier League club lost his life, alongside four others, after his helicopter crashed shortly after its 20:30 local time take-off into the King Power Stadium’s car park following City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.
Tributes have poured in throughout the week for the Thai billionaire, who purchased the club in 2010 and helped to set out their shock Premier League triumph in 2015-16 under manager Claudio Ranieri.
The visit of Saints, initially scheduled for October 30, was postponed as a mark of respect, but has now been confirmed to go ahead on November 27, with the victors hosting either Manchester City or Fulham, who play later today.
City previously knocked the Foxes out in last season’s quarter-finals, winning 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw where Jamie Vardy snatched a 97th-minute equaliser.
Ranieri, who left the club during the 2016-17 campaign, returned to the King Power Stadium today to lay a wreath outside the ground in the company of Srivaddhanaprabha’s son Aiyawatt, who has succeeded his father as chairman.
He joins fans and players in paying tribute to a man whose legacy stretches far beyond the football pitch, having both helped to revitalise the city of Leicester off the field and having capture the imagination of the world with his warmth and generosity.
Current Foxes manager Claude Puel earlier gave an emotional news conference ahead of his side’s game at Cardiff City in the Premier League, praising the late chairman for making the club ‘a family’.
“He truly was loved by everyone inside and outside the club,” the 57-year-old said. “Personally, it was a privilege to work for him and I will cherish the belief he showed in me and the great moments we shared.
“He leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered forever and a vision that the club and myself as manager will take forward with us.”