Leicester ‘cancel plans to fly to Cardiff’ after helicopter crash

Leicester have reportedly cancelled plans to fly to Cardiff for Saturday’s game in the wake of last weekend’s helicopter crash.

Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people killed in the tragedy at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester confirmed on Tuesday that the Premier League fixture will go ahead as planned after the players chose to play the match.

However, it is claimed that travelling to South Wales by air would be insensitive just one week after the helicopter crash, according to the Daily Mail.

Claude Puel and his players will make the journey to the Cardiff City Stadium by coach instead.

Both Cardiff and the Premier League were prepared to postpone the match in light of the tragedy, which has seen an outpouring of emotion from players, supporters and the wider community both in Leicester and nationwide.

Leicester’s Carabao Cup tie against Southampton , due to be held on Tuesday, was postponed on Sunday, with a new date yet to be arranged.

A statement issued by the club on Tuesday evening said: "Leicester City’s Premier League fixture at Cardiff City this Saturday (3 November) will go ahead as scheduled, as the club continues its tributes to its late chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

"A minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off at the Cardiff City Stadium and players will wear black armbands in Khun Vichai’s honour.

"An announcement on the rearrangement of the club’s EFL Cup Fourth Round tie against Southampton, postponed earlier this week, will be made in due course."

Leicester have followed the example of its sister club OH Leuven, who have postponed their midweek fixture – but the Belgian club will play at the weekend.

Cardiff executive director and chief executive Ken Choo was respectful of Leicester’s wishes and offered his sympathies.

"Following Saturday evening’s terrible events at King Power Stadium, the thoughts and feelings of Leicester City FC are at the forefront of our minds," Choo said in a statement on the club’s website.

"As such, we will be offering our support to Leicester City in any way necessary in respect of this weekend’s fixture."

Leuven, taken over by King Power last year with Srivaddhanaprabha operating as chairman and managed by former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, were due to host Lommel on Wednesday evening but the second division fixture will now take place on December 4. Their match against Tubize on Saturday will go ahead.

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