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EPL PHOTOS: Leicester honour late owner, held to draw by Burnley

November 11, 2018 00:31 IST

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley FC at The King Power Stadium in Leicester on Saturday

IMAGE: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, son of Leicester City chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley FC at The King Power Stadium in Leicester on Saturday. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Leicester City shared a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the King Power stadium on Saturday when football was again overshadowed by emotional tributes to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Thousands of supporters walked to the stadium from the city centre before the Premier League game, which was preceded by two minutes' silence for the Thai billionaire. Vichai died in a helicopter crash after City's last home match two weeks ago.

A Leicester City player is seen wearing a arm band in memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley FC on Saturday 

IMAGE: A Leicester City player is seen wearing a arm band in memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley FC on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Morton/Getty Images

With Vichai's family in attendance, Leicester's players, who made a 19,000-km round trip to Thailand for the funeral in midweek, wore special commemorative shirts, while almost every fan sported one of the specially distributed scarves bearing the words "Forever In Our Hearts".

The football was always going to be of secondary importance in such emotionally charged circumstances and Leicester, without this season's ever-presents Harry Maguire and James Maddison through injury, struggled to keep their focus.

Jamie Vardy, who has not scored in five league games, went closest in the first half with a shot that was cleared off the line by Matt Lowton as Burnley battled to avoid a fourth successive league defeat.

Leicester City's Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi in action during the Premier League match against Burnley FC 

IMAGE: Leicester City's Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi in action during the Premier League match against Burnley FC. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The game opened up after the break, when Burnley's Chris Wood sliced over and Ricardo Pereira headed wide for mid-table Leicester, who failed to score in a league game for the first time this season.

Three former Leicester managers -- Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare -- all watched from the sidelines.

Afterwards, Vichai's son and City's vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha took a Thai flag to the centre circle with the crowd chanting "Leicester, Leicester, Leicester".

With tears in his eyes, the vice-chairman led the players and staff around the pitch as his father's name rang round the ground.

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