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13-Year-Old Cancer Patient Becomes Leeds United's Mascot Through Live Zoom Call

13-Year-Old Cancer Patient Becomes Leeds United's Mascot Through Live Zoom Call

Well played, Leeds United.

With the coronavirus pandemic still plaguing sports events, the absence of live crowds is being felt more than ever.

And while fans are still having to watch games from the comfort of their own homes, another famous football tradition has also been put on hold for the time being - mascots.

Only this weekend, Leeds came up with a beautiful gesture that allowed one lucky supporter to walk out alongside their favourite team.

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The Premier League newcomers produced a heart-warming moment by having a virtual mascot for their clash against Arsenal.

But this wasn't just your standard mascot, this was actually 13-year-old cancer patient Elliot Metcalfe who became the first ever mascot to appear on a tablet through a live stream.

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Incredibly, the club arranged for young Elliot to Zoom or FaceTime call Leeds captain Liam Cooper as the two teams prepared for kick-off at Elland Road.

And as Cooper emerged from the tunnel, he was seen holding an iPad with Elliot on the other end of the line wearing his Leeds jersey.

With Cooper holding the tablet tight to his chest as he walked out onto the pitch, cameras quickly zoomed in to show Elliot's glowing smile before his live image appeared on the big screen inside the stadium.

It's understood the Make a Wish Foundation worked closely with Leeds to arrange the brilliant gesture.

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And while Elliot himself was probably over the moon, fans on social media were equally as impressed.

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Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports, Twitter

Topics: Leeds, Football, EPL, Live streams, Premier League, Leeds United, Arsenal, Technology, Australia

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