Claude Puel ‘Terribly Sad’ After Tragic Helicopter Crash in Leicester & Confirms He Is Safe

Claude Puel ‘Terribly Sad’ After Tragic Helicopter Crash in Leicester & Confirms He Is Safe

​Leicester City manager Claude Puel has confirmed that both he and his wife are safe following the devastating helicopter crash which occurred outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.

Following the Foxes’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United, the helicopter belonging to club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha took off from the pitch, but ​tragically crashed outside the stadium shortly after. It was speculated that Puel was on board the aircraft, but that has now been confirmed to be incorrect.

Mourners Pay Tribute After Helicopter Crash at King Power Stadium in Leicester

Speaking in a telephone conversation with Jacques Vendroux of Radio France, Puel confirmed that he was safe. He is quoted by French outlet ​France Info as saying: “It’s a tragedy for the club.”

While this is yet to be confirmed, it has been reported that Srivaddhanaprabha – along with four other people, including his daughter and two pilots – were on board the aircraft when it crashed.

Puel added: “I think very strongly about the victims and their families, and I wanted to reassure everyone who cares about me, I’m terribly sad but I’m fine.”

Following the incident, Leicester Women cancelled their upcoming match with Manchester United Women, whilst ​The Daily Mail also reported that members of the men’s team have been informed that they do not need to attend the scheduled light training session on Sunday.

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The club are also set to seek permission from the Football League to cancel their upcoming Carabao Cup tie with Southampton, which is set to take place on Tuesday. The Saints will also need to approve the cancellation of the match, and there is currently no confirmation from either party that the match will be rearranged.

Srivaddhanaprabha, who has been in charge of the club since 2010, regularly left the stadium via helicopter following his side’s matches. 

​Leicester fans hold Srivaddhanaprabha in very high regard after he invested a huge amount of money in the club, helping them achieve unlikely ​Premier League success in 2016.

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