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5 including Leicester City FC owner killed in chopper crash outside stadium

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LEICESTER — At least five people including Leicester City soccer club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai tycoon, were killed when a helicopter crashed and then exploded after a Premier League match on Saturday, the soccer club and police said.

English soccer team Leicester City FC confirmed Sunday that it’s owner was among five people killed in a helicopter crash outside the team’s stadium Saturday night.

The team said Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 61, was with four other people in his chopper when it crashed outside the King Power Stadium in Leicester at about 8:30 pm Saturday. None of the passengers survived.

“The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss,” a club statement said on Sunday.

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“It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium,” the team said.

Witnesses said the helicopter barely cleared King Power Stadium’s 82-foot walls before making a loud noise, crashing in the parking lot and igniting a large fireball, CNN reported.

The aircraft came down in a car park near the King Power stadium shortly after 19:30 GMT, about an hour after the end of Leicester City’s game against West Ham United, police said.

Vichai bought the club in 2010 and went on to stun the soccer world by beating odds of 5,000/1 to win the Premier League title in 2016 in what amounted to a sporting fairy tale.

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‘C’ Division League Football tournament set for February

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KATHMANDU— The Martyrs Memorial ‘C’ Division League Football Championship is set to take place in the third week of February 2019.

On Thursday the meeting held between the representatives of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and ‘C’ Division clubs at ANFA Complex in Satdobato, Lalitpur set the date for the tournament, shared ANFA Spokesperson Kiran Rai.

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League Director Sanjeeb Mishra said, “The ANFA and Club’s representatives have agreed to conduct the competition in the final week of February (second week of Falgun). We will finalize the specific date for the tournament in near future”.

Eleven ‘C’ Division clubs will take part in the Division League.

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