AFTV host Robbie Lyle’s emotional tribute to ‘heart of gold’ Claude Callegari

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Arsenal fan Claude Callegari, famous for his appearances on the YouTube channel AFTV, has been described as a man with "a heart of gold" after his tragic death at the age of 58.

The football community was stunned by the news that Callegari had passed away suddenly on Monday.

Callegari was known for his appearances on AFTV, and was a fan favourite due to his obvious passion for the club.

He was a constant fixture at Arsenal games both home and away, and was often seen on the YouTube channel afterwards.

And Lyle, who runs the channel, paid tribute to Callegari with a heartfelt message, referring to him as having a "heart of gold".

Lyle explained that such was Callegari's commitment to the club, he felt gutted at being unable to go to Arsenal games during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"He'd had a few health issues, not mental health issues but a few health issues," Lyle said on AFTV.

"I remember him saying he'd been in bed for three weeks because he'd forgotten to take the medication, and I was telling him off saying 'come on, Claude, you need to take the medication, bro.'

"I know that he'd been having quite a tough time during this lockdown.

"Claude was Arsenal through and through, he missed being at Arsenal games, he missed the camaraderie of being at games.

"During lockdown he told me 'Rob, I've been finding lockdown difficult', I'm enjoying doing the videos but I want to go to games and be out and about.

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  • "The ironic thing is that he was saying to me that he went out for a walk last week and actually on that walk ran into Frank McLintock, an Arsenal legend from back in the 70s. He had a great talk with him and was in really really good spirits.

    "Sadly he's passed away, and I'm absolutely gutted. Everybody here at AFTV, every Arsenal fan, and football fans around the world, will be gutted and devastated.

    "Claude wasn't perfect, right. None of us are perfect. But Claude, one thing I can say to you about that guy is he had a heart of gold."

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