Heartbroken Riyad Mahrez Pays Emotional Tribute To Leicester City Owner

Hope Soto
October 30, 2018

Nusara Suknamai - a former Miss Thailand and personal assistant to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha - was among the five killed when the Thai billionaire's private helicopter crashed into a vehicle park outside the King Power Stadium after Leicester's 1-1 draw against West Ham on Saturday.

"I am very, very sad".

The family of the late Thai billionaire boss of Premier League club Leicester City paid tribute to him on Monday at the site where his helicopter crashed as investigators began examining the aircraft's black box. "I know he would have wanted me to play", he added. "For all of the Leicester family it's tough but here Riyad was very focused and he did a great job".

Riyad Mahrez's sixth minute goal settled any City concerns about the torn-up turf and they easily kept Tottenham at bay with a typically composed display.

It was far from a vintage performance from the champions but they could have scored further goals, with Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Sergio Aguero all missing chances.

"Of course everybody [at the club] spoke with him and asked him how he felt", Guardiola said. "Sometimes playing games helps, not to forget, but to live it in a better way".

But his manager Mauricio Pochettino was more frustrated by the woeful defending that led to City's goal.

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Mahrez spent five seasons with the Foxes before his move to City in the summer and described the Leicester chairman as being "like a dad" to him.

"The gap is not big, but we need to respect the gap and we still have not achieved the level of Manchester City".

"The circumstances of the pitch were the same for both sides".

"We recovered the digital flight data recorder (voice and data) on Sunday afternoon and one of our inspectors travelled back to Farnborough with the recorder the same evening, " the AAIB said in a statement. It was the kind of cheap goal you can not concede in this type of game.

Ground staff were also unable to fully wash out the National Football League markings completely from the pitch in the 24 hours leading up to the City game, due to three weeks' worth of National Football League paint soaking into the grass, and aggressively washing it out having the capacity to damage the surface even further.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld blamed the pitch, saying: "I have to be honest, the pitch wasn't good".

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