Nottingham Forest defender Yohan Benalouane has shared a heartfelt tribute to late Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on social media. 

The Thai businessman and four other people were tragically killed when his helicopter crashed outside the King Power Stadium on October 27 last year.

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Kaveporn Punpare, Nusara Suknamai, Eric Swaffer and Izabela Roza Lechowicz also died when the helicopter spiralled out of control shortly after taking off from the club’s stadium.

There’s no doubt that this tragedy led to an outpouring of grief – not only within the local community – but the football world as a whole.

A memorial garden dedicated to the five people killed in the helicopter crash was opened on the site of the disaster yesterday.

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This involved a private, multi-faith ceremony at the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Garden which was attended by players and family members of the victims.

There have been a number of Leicester players, past and present, paying tribute to the man who helped the Foxes win the Premier League title just a few years ago.


One of these is Nottingham Forest defender Yohan Benalouane who is yet to feature so far this season due to injury.

The 32-year-old signed for the Foxes from Atalanta for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.6 million in 2015. He enjoyed a four-year spell at the King Power Stadium under the ownership of Srivaddhanaprabha.

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Benalouane was part of the squad which defied the odds to win the Premier League in the 2015/16 campaign. However, he did only make four appearances for the Foxes in the top flight throughout that season.


There’s no doubt that the four-year spell he had at Leicester will be one of the highlights of his career.

He paid tribute to his late former owner Srivaddhanaprabha on his social media accounts yesterday afternoon.

The post he shared on his personal Instagram account read: “We will always miss you, forever in our hearts #theboss ❤️”

There’s no doubt that more players will follow Benalouane in sharing their tributes to Srivaddhanaprabha over the coming days.

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