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Soccer world pays respects to lives lost in Leicester crash

Mourners Pay Tribute After Helicopter Crash at King Power Stadium in Leicester

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28: Tributes are seen as mourners pause to pay tributes after the helicopter crash at The King Power Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Leicester, England. The owner of Leicester City Football Club, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is reported to have been on the helicopter when it crashed around 8:30pm last night. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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While sports are often an “escape from reality” for so many fans, sometimes sports become the painful reality from which we wish to escape.

In these times, we are encouraged and heartened to see the entire sporting community come together and offer support — whether a helping hand or a heartfelt message — for their peers.

Following the heartbreaking confirmation that Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was one of the five lives lost in Saturday’s helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium, Sunday night was no different.

Liverpool’s statement, which was penned by owners John Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon, was particularly profound and powerful, and served as a reminder that owners are merely custodians for the clubs they serve:

“The admiration we have for Vichai, his family and colleagues is as high as you can imagine, both professionally and personally.

“He was the ultimate custodian for the club he bought and then gracefully served. The Premier League title win, one of world football’s all-time great stories, is of course the standout achievement. But beyond that, he led his club in a manner which all of us in this privileged position aspire to. Success on the pitch, allied with outstanding governance off it.”

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