“Class act” Areola and his autistic mascot


Class act Areola

Alphonse Areola showed his caring side before the Hammers earned their 2-2 draw against Newcastle.

The Hammers stopper – like Jarrod Bowen on a previous occasion this season – joined his mascot who suffers from autism joining him in wearing noise-cancelling headphones.

The France international keeper walked out at the London Stadium with the young Hammers fan and was immediately thanked by the lad’s father .

The boy’s had his magic mascot moment made for him as a result and his Dad John described Alphonse as a “class act.”

Responding to a West Ham photo his Dad said:  “This is my son, Charlie, who was the mascot that is with Areola.

“He is autistic and wears the ear defenders to cancel out the loud noise. Areola was told prior to the game and wanted to wear them as well to put Charlie at ease Great move by Areola and it made his day. Class act!”

Areola shared the  same image on Instagram where he made it clear the game is for everyone with two heart emojis.

Bowen did the same, joining his mascot in wearing ear defenders before the Hammers’ game against Liverpool in April.

Absolutely great stuff from Alphonse and as his Dad says – very much a class act.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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