There were fears that Leicester boss Claude Puel was on board the helicopter that crashed on Saturday just outside of the Kings Power Stadium.

Thankfully the coach was not on board and he has moved to reassure those that were afraid about his well-being.

That said, the coach has also expressed his sadness on the unfortunate development that has left the top hierarchy of the club dead.

Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a Thai tycoon, was among five people on board a helicopter that crashed and then exploded after Leicester's 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Puel told Radio France www.francetvinfo.fr: "It's a tragedy for the club.

"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."

Leicestershire Police has said the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) will now be leading the investigation into the circumstances of the helicopter crash.

In a new statement released in the early hours of Sunday, the force said: "The aircraft came down in a car park near the stadium shortly after 8.30pm yesterday evening (Saturday 27 October) with Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service all responding to the incident.

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"A cordon is currently in place at the scene to enable the AAIB to examine the area and complete their initial enquiries.

"Leicestershire Police will be supporting the AAIB in its investigation, liaising closely with Leicester City Football Club as enquiries continue."

Sunday's Women's Championship clash between Leicester and Manchester United at the King Power Stadium has been called off following the crash and its also expected that the Carabao Cup clash between the Foxes and Southampton will be moved.


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