When Brandon Fuss-Cheatham graduated from Ohio State, he wasn’t sure if he’d ever feel as attached to the tradition at his alma mater.“One thing that I didn’t realize while being in school is, when you graduate and move on into the real world it is very surprising how deep and strong the alumni base is across the county.”Fuss-Cheatham, a major part of an OSU men’s basketball team that faced plenty of ups and downs, played in 113 games for the Bucks from 2001-2005. “I miss the pure joy of being around my teammates and coaches,” he said. “Most of your time in college was being around your teammates and staff.”In his freshman season, Fuss-Cheatham played in 29 games, as the Bucks fell to Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A year later, he saw action in 22 games as OSU took a step back, losing in the opening round of the NIT.Fuss-Cheatham started the majority of his junior season at point guard for the Buckeyes, who ended the season 14-16. In his senior campaign, he started 20 games, playing a central role on the team that tainted Illinois’ undefeated record in the final game of the regular season.The Buckeyes finished the ’04-’05 season at 20-12, but were banned from postseason play because of NCAA violations stemming from actions of former coach Jim O’Brien.After his eligibility ran out, Fuss-Cheatham remained in school to finish obtaining his degree, turning down several opportunities to play basketball overseas.At first, his love for basketball overshadowed his desire to put his marketing degree to use. Fuss-Cheatham ran an AAU basketball program and then a 24-hour basketball fitness program in Orange County, Calif. He strived to keep basketball in his life any way he could, he said.“Being able to travel, practice and of course play with OSU on your shirt with the people you worked so hard with was awesome,” he said. “Also playing in front of such loyal fans made you feel like you were a part of something special. The entire city was behind their sports.”Eventually, he felt it was time to quell his passion for the game, and allow his marketing skills to pay off. He has been working for California law firms since spring.While basketball doesn’t maintain the same presence in his life that it once did, the camaraderie and tradition of Ohio State has reappeared.“I live in Orange County, Calif., and I meet people every week from OSU,” he said. “There are parties for football and basketball games with over 200-300 people, all alumni. It is a great feeling to be a part of the OSU tradition.”
GameDay airs at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN Check out College GameDay’s website at www.collegegameday.com Follow College GameDay on Twitter @GameDayFootball. College GameDay’s new Facebook page is www.facebook.com/collegegameday Since the first preseason polls came out in August, Ohio State had played second fiddle to Alabama. Following the Crimson Tide’s 35-21 loss at South Carolina, the Buckeyes have been pegged as the nation’s team to beat. But for how long will they hold that distinction? The Buckeyes won’t have time to ease into their new role of having a giant target on their back. The new No. 1 gets its toughest challenge of the season to date, a trip to Madison, Wis., where a raucous crowd awaits at Camp Randall Stadium. Throw in the College GameDay crew, a little “Jump Around” and an opponent eager to establish its footing in the Big Ten, and OSU will have its hands full at Wisconsin on Saturday night. But the Buckeyes have been here before — and with this group. On Oct. 4, 2008, freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor — in just his third career start — grew up on the fly, orchestrating a game-winning, 12-play, 80-yard drive to dispel the Badgers. Pryor capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run with 1:08 remaining, giving OSU a 20-17 edge. So it’s not like OSU and its Heisman trophy candidate signal-caller aren’t walking into Camp Randall unprepared. But the Buckeyes were ranked No. 14 for the ’08 matchup, a speck of light compared to the spotlight on the Scarlet and Gray this week. Wisconsin wants to pound the ball on the ground with John Clay and freshman James White. The Buckeye defense will invite such an attack. OSU hasn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since the Lincoln administration. In last season’s matchup, an early OSU lead forced Wisconsin into a passing frenzy. Quarterback Scott Tolzien chucked it 45 times, throwing a pair of interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. That’s not Badger football. But it could work this time around. OSU lost starting safety C.J. Barnett for the season following his September knee surgery. Tyler Moeller, who starred at the “star” position, a hybrid linebacker/safety position, tore a pectoral muscle two weeks ago against Illinois and will miss the remainder of 2010. That leaves the middle of OSU’s secondary pretty thin. But, ask Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell if the Buckeye defensive backfield is vulnerable. The fifth-year senior, who torched Michigan for school records of 45 completions and 480 yards a week earlier, struggled to find his receivers against OSU, finishing with 106 yards and two interceptions. But should Wisconsin excel early with its running game, it shouldn’t be too difficult to open up its passing attack. The Buckeyes have waited for an opportunity to prove to the nation their top-ranked worth. The Badgers have waited for an opportunity to prove they belong in discussions for a potential BCS bowl appearance. Neither team could ask for a more appropriate stage to make their cases heard.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer answers questions from the media as head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day listens during the press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWhen he took the podium as the incoming head coach at Ohio State on Dec. 4 after head coach Urban Meyer had announced his retirement, Ryan Day’s focus was already on Dec. 19. Meyer ceremoniously passed the baton to Day, who will not officially be the head coach at Ohio State until Jan. 2. But from the moment he left the Fawcett Center on that Tuesday, the recruiting process was his, the team building process was his. Meyer still had the current Ohio State team, preparing for his final game as a head coach against Washington in the Rose Bowl. Day held the future. And on Dec. 19, the future began at Ohio State as the Buckeyes added 15 signees from the 2019 recruiting class on the first day of the early signing period. Ohio State retained the two five-star recruits from the 2019 class that Meyer helped secure.Garrett Wilson, the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings, signed his letter of intent. The 6-foot, 181-pound receiver comes from Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, the same high school 2018 four-star recruit and Ohio State freshman quarterback Matthew Baldwin went to, and signed with the Buckeyes after verbally committing on April 29. Five-star center Harry Miller, the No. 2 center in the 2019 class, also made his commitment from June 10 official, signing with Ohio State out of Buford, Georgia. But even as the first two five-star recruits in the 2019 class, neither Miller nor Wilson would be the defining player in Ohio State’s recruiting class. That was five-star defensive end Zach Harrison, who, as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Ohio out of Olentangy Orange High School and the No. 4 recruit in the country, committed to the Buckeyes on Wednesday, choosing between what many believed to be Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan. Even with the change in leadership, Meyer said, in the press conference announcing his retirement, Day is a perfect fit to continue the trend he created during his tenure at Ohio State. “Once those players know that you have that genuine love and care for them they’ll move mountains for you,” Meyer said. “And I saw that with Ryan Day.”Day did see some unforeseen change in Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class. Four-star 2019 quarterback Dwan Mathis, who committed to Ohio State in June as a previous commitment at Michigan State, signed his letter of intent with Georgia, leaving the Buckeyes with no quarterback in the 2019 class. However, Ohio State could be in the running to fill the spot Mathis left with the former No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class. 2018 five-star quarterback Justin Fields informed Georgia, where he spent his freshman season, that he intended to transfer, entering the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday, allowing other schools to contact him. Ohio State also lost a commitment from four-star safety Jordan Battle, who announced signed his letter of intent with Alabama on Wednesday. With the loss of both Mathis and Battle and with the gain of Harrison, Ohio State, according to 247Sports, has the No. 3 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten, the first time since 2010 the Buckeyes have not had the No. 1 recruiting class in the conference. Nationally, Ohio State has the No. 14 recruiting class in the country, its highest since 2010.Updated at 3:26 p.m. after three-star defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie committed to Ohio State
It was the island which inspired the very foundation of the National Trust: its sale to a private owner frustrating a Lake District admirer so much he vowed never to let it happen again.More than 120 years later, the charity has finally got its hands on Grasmere Island.The small island, which is not populated, has been left to the Trust by its former owner in her will, after she learned how much it meant to its founders.The benefactor, who stipulated she did not want to be recognised for her generosity, is understood to have been familiar with the controversial history of Grasmere Island, and sought to return it to the nation via the Trust.The Trust has now pledged to the 1,78 hectare land will be “protected for ever, for everyone”. Sir Robert Hunter “The island provides a quiet haven for wildlife, including a heronry comprising four nests that have established here almost certainly because of the relative lack of human disturbance.“The magnificent ‘Medusa-like’ veteran oak on the island has become engulfed by the surrounding younger trees.“This is such an important tree ecologically because of the wildlife that it supports, but some work will need to be done to give it the space it needs.“It’s an exciting prospect and we’re looking forward to carrying out some wildlife surveys, such as bat surveys, to see what species are present.” Octavia Hill Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A spokesman added visitors to Allan Bank will now be able to find out more about the story of “Rawnsley’s island” its influence on the formation of the National Trust.The gift of the island will be welcomed by the Trust, which has endured a difficult year in the Lake District.In 2016, it became embroiled in a furious dispute over Thorneythwaite Farm in Borrowdale, which had been put on the market earlier in two parts: land, containing a flock of rare breed Herdwick sheep, and farm buildings.The Trust bought the land without the property, reportedly paying vastly over the odds in a move Lord Bragg called “a nasty piece of work” and a “disgraceful purchase”. Grasmere Island, which is covered by trees in the middle of the small lake, is noted particularly fo rits association with William Wordsworth, who lived at nearby Allan Bank from 1808 to 1811 and called Grasmere “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.Purchased by Canon Rawnsley in 1915, Allan Bank was National Trust in his will.The house was tenanted until a serious fire in 2011 and is now open to the public.A spokesman for the National Trust said the organisation did not plan to make drastic changes to the island, undertaking a survey of its wildlife before leaving it in the state in which it was granted to them.Dave Almond, National Trust manager for Allan Bank and Grasmere, said: “It’s fantastic that 124 years after the private sale of Grasmere island, the view that can be enjoyed from Allan Bank and that has inspired so many, will now be protected for ever, for everyone. Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley A view of Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace, CumbriaCredit:National Trust The will marks the end of a 124-year frustration for die-hard supporters of public land ownership, after the island was put up for sale at auction in 1893 and bought privately.Then, local campaigner Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, said to be a “great defender” of the Lake District and its landscape, was left frustrated by the sale, fearing potential development in private hands.In November of that year, he joined his first official meeting with Sir Robert Hunter and Octavia Hill: the trio who went on to found the National Trust in January 1895.Then, Rawnsley said of their inspiration: “It is notorious that during the last two years the top of Snowdon, the island in the middle of Grasmere lake, and the Lodore Falls have all come into the market.“Had such a Trust as that now proposed been in existence, each of these places might have been obtained for the nation.”
Resham Khan didn’t know what her face would look like in the future after she was attacked with acid by a stranger while out celebrating her 21st birthday.Her injuries left her scared to go outside and she feared her scars would show for life.However, the brave 21-year-old student has been documenting her recovery on social media and her blog and has posted a picture of her face after months of grueling and painful recovery.Dressed in her new clothes for Eid, there is no sign of the facial injuries which were there in the photograph of her face shortly after the attack. I JUST REALISED WE ARE NOW IN SEPTEMBER. UNI IS UPON US. LIFE. RESPONSIBILITIES. GRADES. LIFE. ADULTHOOD. Spending the day in bed tho still— Resh (@ReshKay_) September 1, 2017 However, it appears she is now going out with her friends again. She tweeted: “When you’re raring to go on a night out but the taxi man has smooth radio on. Kills my vibe everytime”. John Tomlin, 25, has been charged with the grievous bodily harm with intent of Resham Khan her cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, who was severely injured after the attack.He is suspected of throwing acid into their car as they stopped at traffic lights in Beckton. Nazar na lagey – 02/09/17 pic.twitter.com/F2Inu07kwH— Resh (@ReshKay_) September 2, 2017 John Tomlin is awaiting trialCredit:Metropolitan Police In June, she said she was “devastated” about the attack that meant she would “probably never look the same”. And in July, she wrote on her blog that she was scared to walk to her local shop.Ms Khan wrote : “Today I was too petrified to walk to my local shop. Too scared to face the world. Too scared of the looks I might get. To scared to tackle the question “how are you”. Just too scared. That’s all I’ve been. Terrified and reluctant. My life on pause, frozen with fear.” The two victims tried to drive off, before their car crashed into a fence.Ms Khan described how her clothes burned away as she and her cousin ran, shouting for help, before they were driven to hospital.Mr Muhktar was put into an induced coma while Miss Khan was given a skin graft. Mr Muhktar is awake and recovering now, but is still seriously injured.A provisional date for Mr Tomlin’s trial has been set for November 27. He will next appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on September 19. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Baccus, 42, from Bournemouth, Dorset, and Downton, 40, from Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford, were found guilty of murder following a 40-day trial at Winchester Crown Court.The pair, who met in prison, were also convicted of offences of aggravated burglary with a firearm, possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and two charges of burglary of industrial buildings. He wept as he recalled how he “stupidly” pressed a panic alarm during the April 30 raid.”All the alarms outside went on and flashing, alarms going off,” he said.“As it happened I heard an almighty boom, shot, and Guy said, ‘I have been hit, I have been hit.’”The court heard that much of the stolen jewellery was found discarded in various locations around the area but many valuable items had not been recovered by police. Police search the scene close to Guy Hedger’s homeCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA CCTV footage issued by police of Kevin Downton at Toys R Us in Poole buying a gift for his daughter’s birthday two weeks after the killingCredit:Dorset Police /PA I think I’m going to be okayGuy Hedger to his husband, moments before he died They showed no emotion as the verdicts were announced although gasps could be heard from the public gallery.Mr Justice Jay, said they had made a “series of elementary but stupid decisions” with an “amateurish and incompetent” raid.He told them: “You may have been out of your own depths, that was your decision, but the risk of taking a loaded gun into someone’s bedroom was evident to you as to anyone.”The tragedy was on the cards.”A third defendant, Scott Keeping, 44, was found not guilty of murder and his wife, Helen Keeping, 40, was also cleared of two counts of assisting an offender. Baccus lived with the couple and told the court he would take heroin and crack cocaine with them.Mr Hedger was marketing director at LV Insurance and a director of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which runs colleges and a primary school in the Bournemouth area. He died from blood loss, aggravated by a pre-existing heart condition. Downton and Baccus had arrived at the property at around midnight but were spooked by a dog walker so raided two premises at nearby industrial estates before returning.They entered by climbing a neighbour’s railings, forcing open a window and climbing into the garage.Mr Hedger-Cooper described how his partner had begun to tell the raiders the code for their personal safe but then froze. These include a Pandora bracelet which Mr Hedger had given to his partner of 10 years and which had charms including their star signs and a bible.Other items taken included a 14 carat gold ring with rubies and emeralds and several watches, including brands Amadeus and Cartier.Also stolen were a Louis Vuitton wash bag worth about £650 given to Mr Hedger-Cooper by his partner for Christmas 2012 and a larger bag of the same brand worth £1,200. The £1m home of Guy HedgerCredit:INS Gun parts recovered from the River Stour during the investigation into the death of Guy HedgerCredit:Dorset Police/PA They also took with them the couple’s phones in an attempt to to “buy a few precious moments in their escape”. Two drug addicts have each been jailed for a minimum of 34 years after murdering an insurance executive during a botched raid at his £1 million home in a quiet Dorset village.Jason Baccus and Kevin Downton broke into Guy Hedger’s luxury detached property as he slept upstairs with his husband, Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper.Woken at around 3am, Mr Hedger, 61, went downstairs but as he returned to the bedroom he was followed by two masked men, one armed with the shotgun and the other holding two champagne bottles taken from a wine rack in the garage to use as weapons.They forced the terrified couple to lie naked on the floor facing the wall while they snatched up valuable designer jewellery including Cartier watches, Louis Vuitton bags and a Tiffany’s necklace before demanding the code to the safe.When Mr Hedger-Cooper, 48, hit a concealed panic alarm, alarms began to sound and lights flashed.Mr Hedger, his partner of 12 years, was shot in the chest at point blank range before the pair fled the house in Castlewood, near Ringwood, Hants, with £125,000 worth of stolen goods. Watches stolen from the house that were recovered from undergrowth at the side of a footpathCredit:Dorset Police /PA Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, said: “This was no random unplanned event. It was carefully planned and they were not going to be stopped – hence the loaded gun.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Duchess was one of a small number of women at this year’s ceremony not to wear all black, after a letter outlining the Time’s Up dress code was circulated.Neither the Duke, president of Bafta, nor the Duchess appeared to be wearing the Time’s Up lapel pin, which others wore on the red carpet. Amanda Berry, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Prince WilliamCredit:James Gourley/BAFTA//REX/Shutterstock She added: “I’m here tonight to stand in solidarity with every woman, every person in the world who has suffered sexual abuse in the workplace.” Gemma Arterton arrived with Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, two of the “Dagenham Girls” who walked out of the Ford Motor Company’s Dagenham plant in June 1968 and finally won equal pay. Arterton, who starred in a stage musical version of their story, said: “I thought it was really fitting and I’m really happy and proud that I’m with Gwen and Eileen because they represent a normal person speaking up for what is actually right.” After the Duke and Duchess walked into the hall to polite applause to take their front row seats, Jane Lush, Bafta chairman, opened proceedings with a summary of the “revelation after revelation” leading up to the protest, telling the audience: “This is a moment in history. It should be a watershed.” Andrea Riseborough, who walked the red carpet with activist Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, said those backing the movement hoped to get across “the idea that when all of this stops we all remember that this is an important cause and that we should carry on the conversation”. Allison Janney, picking up the prize for best supporting actress for I, Tonya, avoided all things serious, using her speech to clear up a falsehood that she had graduated from Rada, when she in fact attended a two-week summer programme.Other winners included Darkest Hour, which saw Gary Oldman transformed into Winston Churchill with amazing prosthetics, won the award for best make-up and hair. Daniel Kaluuya, the British actor, won the public vote as Bafta’s rising star. The Shape of Water won prizes for original music and production design, Call Me By Your Name won best adapted screenplay, and Phantom Thread best costumes. “As president, I am proud of the leadership Bafta have shown on this; in a year which rocked the industry as many brave people spoke up about bullying, harassment and abuse despite the risk to their professional careers and reputations.” Clockwise from top left: Anya Taylor-Joy, Margot Robbie, the Duchess of Cambridge, Gemma Arterton and Joanna LumleyCredit:Mike Marsland/WireImage/AP/REX On one side, there were the industry’s biggest stars, turning the Bafta red carpet black in their visible support of the Time’s Up movement; on the other, the traditionalists insisting the Duchess of Cambridge could not be drawn into a global protest about sexual harassment and gender equality.On Sunday night, the Duchess attempted to walk the diplomatic line, eschewing an unofficial all-black dress code to see the cream of British cinema honoured at the Royal Albert Hall.Her choice of a dark green Jenny Packham dress with a black ribbon appeared to please and offend in equal measure, apparently designed to avoid the scandal of a future queen making an overt statement that could be perceived as political.The movement did not, however, go unnoticed; instead of sending a message through clothing, the Duke acknowledged it in writing.In a foreword in the ceremony’s programme, he mentioned steps taken to protect those in the industry, stating: “Levelling the playing field and ensuring a safe, professional working environment for aspiring actors, filmmakers and craft practitioners – regardless of their background and circumstances – is vital to ensure film remains accessible and exciting for all. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A spokesman for Kensington Palace did not comment on the choice. Catherine Quinn, the Duchess’s private secretary, attending the awards in her official capacity, chose to blend in discreetly in black. Members of the Royal family are supposed to avoid political statements, leaving the Duchess with a stark choice between being accused of overstepping her position or being the only woman wearing colour.Some critics were “disappointed”, arguing that objecting to sexual harassment was not political. From the start, there was little on anyone’s lips except the Time’s Up theme.Campaigners, wearing T-shirts and chanting about sisterhood, lay on the red carpet while stars gushed about the campaign’s aims in interviews. Women at Bafta made no secret of their aims for the evening. Kristin Scott Thomas, nominated for her Clementine Churchill in Darkest Hour, said of Time’s Up: “We need equality now – I think their slogan is absolutely right… Now it’s a question of moving it from conversation to action.” Packing a punch: Florence Pugh on the red carpetCredit:Dave Benett/Getty Images Angelina Jolie wore a black gown to the eventCredit:Mike Marsland/WireImage Salma Hayek, presenting the best actor award, said: “In this very important and historic year for women, I’m here to celebrate men.”She joked the award would go to Frances McDormand, one of the best actress nominees, before announcing the true winner: Gary Oldman.Oldman honoured the late prime minister, who held the line for “honour, integrity and freedom for his nation and the world”. McDormand, who did win best actress, accepted the award in a red, pink and black dress. She joked she had a problem with conformity but added: “I stand in full solidarity with my sisters in black.” Joanna Lumley, the first woman to host the awards solo in more than 20 years, acknowledged the “powerful protest” in her introduction.The first award, for outstanding British film, was presented by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Graham Broadbent, its producer, delivered a speech referencing the “tectonic shift” in the industry, and the “meaningful change that can happen quickly”. Sam Rockwell, best supporting actor for the same film, admitted he “stands on the shoulders of strong, intelligent, righteous women who have made my life complete”.Despite the enthusiastic words, gender equality did not appear to bear out in the awards themselves: 39 statues were taken away by men and eight by women.
A suspect wanted in connection with a burglary during which his alleged accomplice was stabbed to death has been arrested by police in Kent.Billy Jeeves, 28, has been on the run since the burglary at the home of Richard Osborn-Brooks in Hither Green, London, on April 4.Police said he was located and detained in north Kent on Friday afternoon. It is believed Jeeves, 28, was the accomplice who fled the scene after career criminal Henry Vincent was stabbed with a screwdriver by 78-year-old Mr Osborn-Brooks.Vincent later died of his injuries. Police have told Mr Osborn-Brooks faces no further action over the stabbing at his home in south-east London.Scotland Yard said: “Police recently appealed for information regarding a man they wanted to trace in connection with an aggravated burglary in Hither Green, Lewisham.”Billy Jeeves, aged 28, was located and detained in north Kent at approximately 5.30pm on Friday April 20 by officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, with support from officers from the Territorial Support Group and officers at Kent Police.”He has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance. “He has been taken into custody at a Kent police station. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Henry Vincent died from his injuries “No other persons are being sought in connection with this investigation. Enquiries continue.”Since the incident, Vincent’s friends and family have sparked outrage among locals in the usually quiet south London neighbourhood by laying flowers and cards opposite the still boarded-up home of Mr Osborn-Brooks and his wife Maureen.The tributes have repeatedly been torn down by neighbours and well-wishers angry that the career criminal is being remembered in such a way, only to spring up again within days.Mr and Mrs Osborn-Brooks are reportedly living in a safe house and plan to sell their property.
Cardiff City Chairman, Vincent Tan’s son lays a wreath before the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Leicester City at Cardiff City StadiumCredit:Getty Images Europe Vichai, 60, and four other people died in when his helicopter crashed moments after departing the club’s pitch last Saturday, bringing an abrupt end to the fairytale life of the duty-free mogul who was Thailand’s fifth-richest man.The body of the club’s chairman was flown back to Thailand on Friday with a private service held in the evening at Wat Thepsirin temple. A number of prominent individuals close to the family of the well-connected businessman attended the event.The funeral began at around 5.30pm local time with a traditional bathing ceremony, during which court musicians played drums and flutes as friends, family and a royal representative poured scented water on to the hands of the deceased.Thailand’s Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan was one of the first to arrive as the began held in the Thai capital on Saturday evening.Scores of mourners visited Wat Thep Sirin Temple in the Thai capital on Saturday ahead of the ceremony, which will last for seven days. Ahead of the ceremony, the water – which is believed to purify the body and bring special blessings – was delivered in special flask by a white royal car, having been gifted by the royal family. Puel said: “I want to give the opportunity for players and staff to go to the funeral. We will see the logistics.”Of course, the players want to go and support his family — his wife, son Top, all the family.”Vichai leaves behind a wife and four children, two sons and two daughters – all five of whom are on the executive board of King Power, which now faces an uncertain future.The four other crash victims were identified by police as Nursara Suknamai – an actress and a runner-up in Miss Thailand Universe in 2005 – and Kaveporn Punpare, both members of Vichai’s staff, pilot Eric Swaffer and passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz. Leicester City fans unveil of huge banner in honour of the Clubs late chairman Vichai SrivaddhanaprabhaCredit:Plumb Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In a country where a belief in reincarnation is still strong, the elaborate ceremony will bring merit to the dead ahead of his transition into the next life. But the elaborate funeral will also allow onlookers to gauge Vichai’s social standing with a series of gifts from the royal family being on prominent display – including a five-tiered umbrella and a huge eight-sided golden funerary urn.A Leicester City spokesman told The Telegraph: “There is a delegation including the majority of the squad, senior staff and directors. They’re flying out after the match and will be back in the UK for Tuesday.”He added that he expected there to be “Premier League-wide activity” today to mark the occasion of Mr Vichai’s funeral.Vincent Tan, Chairman of Cardiff City and who counted himself as a friend of Mr Vichai paid his respects to an: “honest and caring man with virtue and integrity”. Commentators said the traditional Buddhist ceremony was fitting for Vichai, who was highly religious and was remembered for bringing monks to the Leicester City ground.Rituals will include many nights of chanting by Buddhist monks before a final cremation ceremony expected to be attended by the great and the good of Thai society. Leicester City’s players were hailed as the “bravest on the planet” by their supporters after taking part in heartfelt tributes to their billionaire owner before returning to playing action following last week’s helicopter tragedy.The grief-stricken squad – wearing white T-shirts saluting “The Boss” Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – observed a minute’s silence and applauded all corners of Cardiff City’s stadium, with many of the travelling Leicester fans left in tears.Jamie Vardy, Kasper Schmeichel, Wes Morgan and Claude Puel are later expected to fly out to Thailand for the owner’s funeral at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok.The Cardiff City Stadium fell silent for a minute’s tribute at 2.59pm. Leicester’s entire squad joined the starting 11 around the centre-circle, with arms around one-another, shoulder-to-shoulder.A huge flag of Thailand was unfurled in the Cardiff end, while “RIP Vichai” flags were also held up in the Leicester stand. Cardiff also presented a wreath to club officials. In a show of unity with the supporters, Leicester handed them all the same white tribute T-shirts worn by the players pre-match. “You will always be in our hearts” was emblazoned cross the back. Among the 2,000 travelling supporters was Carole Goodger, a dinner lady, aged 62. She said. “Our players are the bravest on the planet for doing this today. We are so emotional and proud. Vichai was incredible. He gave 60 fans free season tickets just a few weeks ago. There are so many things about the man’s kindness which are only just coming out now.”