Why there was no minute silence for the Leicester helicopter crash at Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Why there was no minute silence for the Leicester helicopter crash at Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

Plans to hold a minute silence ahead of kick off at Selhurst Park for Crystal Palace’s match against Arsenal were changed at the last minute due to a lack of confirmation over the events in Leicester.

A helicopter owned by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the owner of Leicester City football club, crashed after taking off from the King Power Stadium last night following a 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Emergency services are still at the scene outside the ground and details on casualties are still to be confirmed.

With investigations ongoing the decision was taken to hold a round of applause before the game in South London with the players on both teams taking to the field wearing black armbands.

An announcement was made over the PA system that said: “Both clubs send their thoughts to Leicester and will wear black armbands as a sign of respect.”



A black armband worn by players as a mark of the respect following the helicopter crash outside the King Power stadium in Leicester.

Staff at Selhurst Park were in communication with officials regarding a moment’s silence before the players emerged from the tunnel to discuss what would need to be organised and signed off by the relevant authorities.

A cut-off point of 1.21pm, nine minutes before the scheduled kick-off time, meant that alternative arrangements had to be made to recognise the tragedy.

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