Title win a divine right for Leicester after good karma, says Thai monk

  • Reuters, Bangkok
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2016 20:13 IST
Buddhist monk Phra Prommangkalachan poses for a portrait next to holy cloths with Leicester City's logo. (Reuters Photo)

Claudio Ranieri’s tactics, Riyad Mahrez’s creativity and Jamie Vardy’s goals have all played a part in Leicester City’s remarkable run but according to a Thai monk, good karma is what will land them their first English Premier League title.

With only four games remaining, the Thai-owned club that looked set for relegation last year are eight points clear and in sight of a remarkable championship after a season that has left pundits and fans struggling to explain how.

Buddhist monk Phra Prommangkalachan, the 63-year-old assistant to the abbot of Bangkok’s Traimitr Temple, believes the honest work of Leicester’s billionaire owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is the reason.

“It’s not got anything to do with magic. It’s Vichai’s good deeds that help garner support from fans across the world which became the power for Leicester City Football Club,” he told Reuters TV on Monday.

“I believe that all the good karma that Vichai has made will be a factor that helps Leicester to definitely win the Premier League.”

Vichai is a regular devotee of the monk, believed by many devotees to have magical powers that have helped Leicester this season.

Vichai has invited Phra Prommangkalachan, also known as Chao Khun Thongchai, to give his blessings at the King Power Stadium in Leicester and the monk said he would travel to England “very soon”.

In the meantime, Phra Prommangkalachan is helping Leicester’s unlikely run by giving away holy ‘never know how to lose’ cloths in blue, white and yellow/gold to bring luck to the team, who scrapped a 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Sunday.

“The holy cloth is just like one of the psychological tools that we created to reinforce the moral support and create positive thinking for the team,” he said.

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