Leicester City Vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, the son of deceased owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, left, shakes hands and talks with Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess The Duke of Cambridge, as they view tributes to those who were killed in an helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of Premier League team Leicester City was among five people who died after his helicopter crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the soccer field on Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Arthur Edwards)

William, Kate pay tribute to UK soccer team owner

November 28, 2018 - 10:39 am

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and Kate have paid tribute to Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others who died with him in an Oct. 27 helicopter crash outside the soccer team's stadium.

Vichai's family welcomed them Wednesday to a tribute site covered with flowers. Kate left a bouquet as William stood beside her.

The prince said at King Power Stadium that in a time when soccer clubs have become huge global enterprises, the fans showed that community mattered, coming out to thank Vichai for making them "the true owners of this club."

William said the fans showed "that sport — when played with passion, but also with humility and respect — can bring us all together."

Vichai became known to British royal family members through horse racing and polo.