Leicester City respond to petition urging the club to rename King Power stadium after late owner

Leicester City respond to petition urging the club to rename King Power stadium after late owner

- Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash on Saturday, October 27

- In his remembrance and honour, a fan created a petition on Change.org calling on the club to rename its King Power stadium after Vichai

- Sources at the club have responded to the petition, hinting at a possible renaming of the facility

On Monday, October 29, two days after the tragic death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash, a fan created a petition calling on the club to rename King Power stadium after the late chairman.

Stefan Guillou, who is a resident of Leicester, contends that renaming the facility after Vichai would be in the Thai's honour and remembrance.

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"In memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabhas achievements at Leicester City Fc and the love and support which not many owners give and receive, his honour should be forever immortalised in the renaming of the King Power Stadium. THE VICHAI stadium has a beautiful sound to it," the petition created on Change.org said in part.

At least 1,900 people have since signed the petition, with Stefan seeking to have 2,500 signatures for the cause.

In an apparent response to the petition, the English topflight side has hinted at a possible name change of the King Power stadium.

A reliable source at the club divulged to ESPN that they are exploring the prospects renaming their stadium after Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

"The King Power Stadium is already a celebration of Khun Vichai's successful business and we would be open, with family, club and supporter consultation, to discussing a name change in Khun Vichai's honour," the source said in confidence.
"We are aware of petitions seeking this type of change as well as for a statue at the club and will discuss all these wishes with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the football club," the source added.

Vichai took over the ownership of the club in 2010, leading them to their incredible feat in football history when they stunned the world and won the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.

Since his tragic death on Saturday, tributes have been pouring in, with many mourning the Thai businessman as "a man with a big heart."

His son Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha who has been the Leicester City's vice-chairman is expected to assume full ownership of the Foxes.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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