Leicester City players hailed the bravest on the planet by fans after

Cardiff City Chairman, Vincent Tan's son lays a wreath before the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Leicester City at Cardiff City Stadium 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.” Leicester City fans unveil of huge banner in honour of the Clubs late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha read more