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No goals but huge emotion as Leicester honour late owner

Reuters , Saturday 10 Nov 2018
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Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, second right, controls the ball in the air during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Burnley FC at the King Power stadium, Leicester, England. Saturday Nov. 10 2018 AP
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Leicester City shared a 0-0 draw with Burnley at the King Power stadium on Saturday when football was again overshadowed by emotional tributes to the club's late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Thousands of supporters walked to the stadium from the city centre before the Premier League game, which was preceded by two minutes silence for the Thai billionaire. Vichai died in a helicopter match before City's last home match two weeks' ago.

With Vichai's family in attendance, Leicester's players, who made a 19,000 km round trip to Thailand for the funeral in midweek, wore a special commemorative shirt, while almost every fan sported one of the specially distributed scarves bearing the words "Forever In Our Hearts".

The football was always going to be of secondary importance in such emotionally charged circumstances and Leicester, without this season's ever-presents Harry Maguire and James Maddison through injury, struggled to keep their focus.

Jamie Vardy, who has not scored in five league games, went closest in the first half with a shot that was cleared off the line by Matt Lowton as Burnley battled to avoid a fourth successive league defeat.

The game opened up after the break, when Burnley's Chris Wood sliced over and Ricardo Pereira headed wide for mid-table Leicester, who failed to score in a league game for the first time this season.

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