Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is feared dead after his helicopter crashed and burst into flames at the club’s stadium car park on Saturday night.
According to UK Sun report, Srivaddhanaprabhab’s company’s King Power has reportedly confirmed he was on board on the helicopter, when the crash occurred.
And have promised to issue another statement concerning the crash later today.
Also, BBC’s sources claim a close member of the Srivaddhanaprabhab’s family also confirmed he was on board his helicopter.
The UK Sun report further that the chairman’s son Aiyawatt, who also doubles as the vice-chairman, alongside director of football Jon Rudkin were not on board the helicopter.
Interestingly, the 60-year-old chairman Srivaddhanaprabhab, who watched Leicester City play out a 1-1 draw against West Ham, was captured live on TV leaving the ground.
The helicopter which took off at around 8.45pm nosedived seconds after making its exit from pitch, less than 200 yards away. before ending up in a ball of flames.
BT Sport pundit Jake Humphrey was captured on camera pointing to the helicopter from the studio during a live broadcast informing viewers of club owner’s exit from the ground.
“As you can see the owners are now heading off,” he said.
After the crash was confirmed, the programme was ended abruptly, as the crew was evacuated from the stadium.
Other eyewitnesses have also given their own account of how the crash occurred.
On the other hand, video clips and photos coming out of the King Power stadium showed how the helicopter went down in a ball of flames, leaving onlookers to only watch in horror, from safe distance.
The club’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was spotted crying after the crash outside the stadium as fire crews tried to put off the flames.
Other personalities that witnessed the crash, include Peter Shilton’s wife.
A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, after an aircraft came down in a car park behind the ground.
“Officers are working alongside the ambulance service, Leicester Fire and Rescue Service, the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Leicester City Football Club to establish the exact circumstances of the collision.”
Equally, the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust confirmed the incident via their tweet. “We are also in attendance and will update when possible.”
Reacting on Sky News, one Leicester City fan said: “I hope they’re okay. Doesn’t seem like they have had much of a chance. Just burst into flames.”
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have overshadowed other sports news following their heroics in this week’s Champions League matches.
On Tuesday night, Ronaldo’s hat-trick ensured Juventus see-off Atletico Madrid in the last-16 round to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Old Lady’s suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg clash, but their star Ronaldo, who joined the Turin-based outfit was in hand to nod home two headers alongside a spot-kick.
However, on Wednesday, Messi showed class after netting a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 bashing of Lyon to seal their spot in the quarter-final round.
Messi, who doubles as Argentina and Barcelona captain, netted the game’s opener in the 18th minute of the match with a top-class Panenka spot-kick before tearing part Lyon’s defence line to net his second goal.
The Argentinean also assisted the pair of Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele after Philippe Coutinho scored Barca’s second.
Interestingly, the performances of Messi and Ronaldo in their respective UCL games, further revived the question of ‘who is truly the world’s greatest footballer of all time?’
According to Give Me Football, it is a herculean task to differentiate the two stars, even as Messi was rated a better player technically.
But the football website stressed Ronaldo cannot be dismissed with a wave of hand especially in big matches
At the last count, former England star Gary Lineker challenged football fans via Twitter, to pick their best after seeing the Portuguese net a hat-trick.
And after the one-day exercise over 380,000 fans participated and the following result emerged:
Lionel Messi – 62%
Cristiano Ronaldo – 38%
A further breakdown of the result revealed that mist fans opted for Messi as the greatest footballer than Ronaldo.
However, the fact remains that the duo are this generation’s greatest football players, and we should endeavour to celebrate them irrespective of your choice while they are still active.