Mahrez Dedicates Match Winning Goal to Deceased Leicester Chairman

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Riyad Mahrez has dedicated his match winning goal against Tottenham Hotspurs to fallen Leicester Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

The Thai businessman passed away on Saturday along with 4 others when a helicopter he was in crashed

Mahrez made history with Leicester in 2016 when they won the league and he claimed he shared a special relationship with the Thai businessman.

“To be honest it has been very, very difficult for me,” Mahrez said to Sky Sports

“It is not easy, the boss was very special to me. I spent four-and-a-half years there and I have many special memories with him. He was such a good person, such good human so I am very, very sad.

“That is why when I scored, I put my hands up in the sky for him. He did a lot for me and for Leicester. It is difficult to speak about it because it is very sad.”

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As a result of Srivaddhanaprabha’s death, Leicester’s Carabao cup match this week has been postponed.

The Algerian winger offered his support to the grieving family

“He was like a dad to us. He was very, very special, believe me,”

“He was such a good person, a big heart and it was heartbreaking and shocking for me to hear this news and of course with the other people who died with him with him it is a difficult situation.

“I’m with Leicester and with the family of the victim because it is not an easy situation.”

When asked if playing the game on Monday on the backdrop of such a tragic incident was hard, Mahrez said:

“I always wanted to play. He would have wanted me to play. He was very passionate about football and it was difficult but I kept thinking about him.

“It was difficult to sleep as well after that. But it is part of life. It was difficult.”


Famutimi Femi is a writer for theheraldng. He is also a lawyer by trade. His hobbies include reading and writing, he also loves Renaissance art.

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