Arsenal and Ian Wright lead tribute to football connoisseur Claude Callegari after his death at the age of 58

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Arsenal and club legend Ian Wright led the tribute to Arsenal FanTV pundit Claude Callegari, who tragically died on March 29 at the age of 58.

Callegari’s death was confirmed in a statement from his family on his Twitter feed on Tuesday, days after telling his social media followers that he was ‘going to disappear soon to see my mother then you can all be happy’.

The Gunners’ official account tweeted their condolences to his family and praised his passion for the club. They wrote, “To convey our condolences to Claude’s family, friends, and everyone who cherished him. His passion for the club was undeniable and he will be missed. ‘

Arsenal led tributes to former Arsenal FanTV pundit Claude Callegari, who died on Monday

Arsenal led tributes to former Arsenal FanTV pundit Claude Callegari, who died on Monday

Club legend Ian Wright also tweeted his condolences after Tuesday's news

Club legend Ian Wright also tweeted his condolences after Tuesday's news

Club legend Ian Wright also tweeted his condolences after Tuesday’s news

The football connoisseur became a popular and regular part of the AFTV Youtube channel

The football connoisseur became a popular and regular part of the AFTV Youtube channel

The football connoisseur became a popular and regular part of the AFTV Youtube channel

Arsenal hero Wright also wrote ‘RIP Claude’ on Tuesday in response to the news.

One of Callegari’s latest tweets came in response to criticism of his analysis on Arsenal FanTV, in which he wrote: ‘No one is forcing you to watch it, don’t worry, I’ll disappear soon to see my mom, then you can all be happy to be’ .

A statement issued on behalf of the family read: ‘We cannot believe we are writing this, with permission from Claude’s father, it is with great sadness and heartbreak that we have to announce that our dear friend and legend Claude has sadly passed away yesterday afternoon 29 March.

‘RIP dear friend, gone but never forgotten. Gooner for life. ‘

AFTV announced they would suspend coverage while accepting his passing.

Two days before he died, Callegari tweeted a critic that he would ‘soon disappear’

A statement was released about 'legend' Callegari with tributes pouring in for the expert

A statement was released about 'legend' Callegari with tributes pouring in for the expert

A statement was released about ‘legend’ Callegari with tributes pouring in for the expert

AFTV tweeted to say they were devastated when they heard about the loss of their former expert

AFTV tweeted to say they were devastated when they heard about the loss of their former expert

AFTV tweeted to say they were devastated when they heard about the loss of their former expert

They further said they would suspend their coverage while processing the news

They further said they would suspend their coverage while processing the news

They further said they would suspend their coverage while processing the news

They wrote: ‘We are absolutely devastated today by the death of Claude Callegari, one of the channel’s most popular contributors.

Claude was a much loved figure during his time on the channel and his passion for Arsenal allowed him to connect with fans from all over the world on a meaningful level.

We had continued to support Claude during his time away from the channel during the pandemic and the news of his passing comes as a deep shock to everyone at AFTV and in the wider Arsenal community.

‘We will not be publishing any content on our platform for the next few days, while accepting news of his passing.

In a video entitled ‘RIP Claude Callegari | Father, grandfather, friend and a proud Arsenal fan‘, AFTV presenter Robbie Lyle addressed the death of his good friend.

“I remember about six weeks ago when there were a few people who called me and told me he was having problems, so I called him up,” Lyle said.

“I said,” Claude, how are you? I heard there are some problems. He said, “No, no, Robbie, I’m fine.” It was around the anniversary of his mother’s death and that he his mother was missing.

Ex-Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell was among those who quickly offered his condolences to the family

Ex-Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell was among those who quickly offered his condolences to the family

Ex-Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell was among those who quickly offered his condolences to the family

Former Tottenham striker Graham Roberts shared a meeting he had with Callegari in tribute

Former Tottenham striker Graham Roberts shared a meeting he had with Callegari in tribute

Former Tottenham striker Graham Roberts shared a meeting he had with Callegari in tribute

‘The man had a heart of gold and I have nothing but love for him. We’ve lost a real real guy, a huge Arsenal fan and I would love to see Arsenal do something for him when football returns. I am devastated. ‘

There were more tributes from former Arsenal stars with Kevin Campbell tweeting: ‘Deep condolences to Claude’s father and family. I am honestly shocked and cannot believe it! May he RIEP ‘

Former Tottenham and Chelsea striker Graham Roberts also described a meeting he had with Callegari in his condolence message.

He tweeted: ‘Had the pleasure of meeting Claude in my flat last year with @ 1MickyHazard and @rocketrichman, @abbi_summers, @thenewtommitch he was a great guy and a real laugh. I know he had some personal issues but he had a great heart and rivalry apart from that we had a great night. Rip buddy. ‘

Former Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie tweeted, ‘RIP Claude. AFTV certiii, condolences to all of his family. ‘

Spencer Owen, Youtuber and founder of non-league side Hashtag United, also expressed his condolences, writing, “Rest in peace, Claude.”

Mr. DT, who is a regular contributor to AFTV and the well-known Youtuber, posted an emotional message that read: ‘I honestly don’t know what to say, as a like-minded, passionate and ardent Arsenal fan we often clashed with each other. brought. But there were some really good times, he was godfather to all of us. I really hope you have peace now, Claude, thank you for the many fun times together RIP ‘

Moh Haider, one of Callegari’s fellow experts on the YouTube channel, wrote: Really sad to learn that Claude has passed away.

Claude was an incredibly passionate @ Arsenal man and was brilliantly witty, but unfortunately in a world where people take more pride in being ‘savage’ than being nice, he had his ups and downs.

Ex-Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie tweeted his condolences to the pundit

Ex-Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie tweeted his condolences to the pundit

Ex-Crystal Palace and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie tweeted his condolences to the pundit

Regular contributor to the channel and Youtuber MR DT shared an emotional tweet

Regular contributor to the channel and Youtuber MR DT shared an emotional tweet

Regular contributor to the channel and Youtuber MR DT shared an emotional tweet

Youtuber and Hashtag United founder Spencer Owen also tweeted his condolences

Youtuber and Hashtag United founder Spencer Owen also tweeted his condolences

Youtuber and Hashtag United founder Spencer Owen also tweeted his condolences

Moh Haider, another AFTV pundit, posted an emotional tribute to Callegari on Tuesday

Moh Haider, another AFTV pundit, posted an emotional tribute to Callegari on Tuesday

Moh Haider, another AFTV pundit, posted an emotional tribute to Callegari on Tuesday

‘I really hope Claude passed away peacefully and painlessly, and my condolences go out to all his family, friends, fans and all the millions of people who smiled because of Claude. Rest in peace Claude. ‘

Callegari fans shared clips of his famous rants and arguments on Arsenal FanTV with his most iconic call for Unai Emery to be fired.

“IT’S TIME TO GO!” quickly became synonymous with Callegari’s post-game interviews outside the Emirates Stadium.

Callegari hadn’t appeared on AFTV since July last year after being impeached for calling Tottenham’s Son Heung-min a ‘DVD’ during a live stream of a North London derby.

Callegari said ‘DVDs go out’ as the South Korean was substituted for Tottenham’s 2-1 win in the 94th minute.

The reference to selling DVDs at a market stall is a racist term that has been directed against Asian footballers, including Son, in the past.

Callegari later received a remorseful apology published on social media, insisting it was not intended to be a racist slur.

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