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Football news - Leicester fans gather for '5,000-1' walk in memory of helicopter crash victims

Leicester fans gather for '5,000-1' walk in memory of helicopter crash victims

10/11/2018 at 12:45Updated 10/11/2018 at 14:46

Up to 20,000 Leicester City supporters gathered on Saturday for a memorial walk to pay tribute to those killed in the helicopter crash outside the club's stadium.

Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was among five people who lost their lives when the aircraft came down on October 27.

The 5,000-1 walk is named after the odds the club overcame to win the Premier League title during their fairytale season in 2015-6.

Peter Schmeichel was pictured with his family heading to the start of the memorial walk

Peter Schmeichel was pictured with his family heading to the start of the memorial walkGetty Images

Peter Schmeichel, the father of Leicester goalkeeper Kasper - who witnessed the accident - was pictured at the ground with his family prior to starting the memorial walk.

Earlier on Saturday, players laid their own shirts to join the thousands of others belonging to supporters around the pitch.

Megan Elliott, 14, and her 11-year-old sister Casey were behind the initial idea for the tribute, and the appeal for 5,000 attendees has risen to 20,000.

Leicester City Council have confirmed the route will head towards De Montfort University campus and along the riverside to the King Power Stadium.

Road closures are in place along the route, while tributes placed outside the stadium have been moved to a designated memorial area close to the car park where the accident took place.

Tributes to Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, are seen around the edge of the pitch

Tributes to Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, are seen around the edge of the pitchGetty Images

There will be a two-minute silence prior to kick-off in memory of the five people killed in the crash as well as for servicemen and women, and Leicester's players will wear shirts embroidered with their former owner's name.

Supporters attending the match will be presented with commemorative scarves, pin badges, clappers and programmes in honour of Srivaddhanaprabha.

The 100-page programme includes contributions from some of the biggest names in Leicester's history, including Claudio Ranieri and Esteban Cambiasso.

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