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Leicester City Given Heroes Welcome at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

.Champions Leicester City arrive in Bangkok for Thai tour

Champions Leicester City arrive in Bangkok given a hero’s welcome from Thai Fans

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BANGKOK – Thai fans gave Leicester City were given a heroes welcome as they arrived on Wednesday for a publicity blitz after their fairytale title triumph.

They also hoped to banish the memory of a sex tape scandal that marred a visit a year ago to the homeland of their billionaire owner.

Scores of fans – dubbed the “Siamese Foxes” – and a frenzied local media pack swarmed the champions at Bangkok’s main airport on Wednesday morning, greeting them with requests for selfies and chants of “Leicester City, Leicester City!”

Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan greet the press with a traditional Thai "wai" gesture as Leicester City FC players arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on May 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA

Christian Fuchs and Wes Morgan greet the press with a traditional Thai “wai” gesture as Leicester City FC players arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on May 18, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA

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Manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and forward Shinji Okazaki led the team, beaming as they made a choreographed Thai bow – or “wai” – with garlands of jasmine around their necks.

But star players Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater were not among the Wednesday morning arrivals, with the two English players called up this week for international duty.

Football-mad Thailand has fallen for Leicester after the astonishing success story of a club with deep links to the kingdom.

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and vice-chairman Aiyawatt 'Top' Srivaddhanaprabha, Vichai's son greet team

Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and vice-chairman Aiyawatt ‘Top’ Srivaddhanaprabha, Vichai’s son greet team

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