Leicester City’s night of celebration was so nearly a night of tragedy. With Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante all nominated for the PFA Awards, the club wanted to ensure the players made it to Grosvenor House on time after their Sunday afternoon kick-off.
The entire Foxes squad were flown to London by helicopter following the conclusion of their thumping 4-0 win over Swansea, stretching their lead at the summit of the Premier League to a healthy eight points.
The club’s owners paid for a fleet of five luxury helicopters to fly Ranieri’s squad from Leicester to Battersea Heliport before a short journey to west London for the ceremony.
Young star Demarai Gray – who impressed during his substitute appearance against Swansea – was inches away from a horrifying accident as he haphazardly emerged from a helicopter.
The £3.75million man who joined Leicester from Birmingham in January, was obliviously heading straight into the spinning tail rotor of the helicopter, just moments after it touched down on the helipad.
The 19 year old winger made an almost-fatal wrong turn and headed straight towards the spinning blades at the rear of the aircraft.
Seemingly unaware of the danger the blades posed, Gray had a lucky escape when an alert steward intercepted the young star. The teenager was just yards away from the blades spinning at hundreds of revolutions per minute.
As his teammate Mahrez looked on in shock from the helicopter door, Gray was unable to turn back and was directed away from the propeller. In a state of panic, two stewards escorted Gray to safety.
It was a fortunate escape for the Leicester teenager who, in fairness, was probably making his debut flight in a helicopter.
You might have expected him to take a little more caution however… there’s no way any self-respecting 19 year old boy hasn’t seen that famous scene from Indiana Jones!