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Athletic Club confirm death of fan during Atlético match

Athletic Club’s resounding 4-0 aggregate win over Atlético Madrid on Thursday night, in which they progressed to the final of the Copa del Rey, should have been an entirely happy occasion.

Unfortunately, during the second half, an Athletic Club fan was taken ill and the game had to be delayed by nearly half an hour. Today, the Basque club have confirmed what many feared.

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Dani Vivian and Antoine Griezmann face off in the Copa del Rey. Photo by Icon Sport

Tributes paid to Athletic Club fan who passed away

Sadly, Athletic Club supporter Miguel Ocio passed away on Saturday. Ocio had been a member with Athletic Club for more than 40 years.

The club paid tribute to Ocio at Sunday night’s home match against Barcelona, leaving flowers on his seat. In a touching moment, San Mamés rose to its feet to applaud Ocio before the game.

Athletic Club said the following: “Tribute was paid in the stands in memory of Miguel Ocio, who died yesterday after being treated on Thursday in San Mamés during the semi-final.”

“His family placed a bouquet of flowers in his seat to honour our member who has been part of the club for 42 years. Rest in peace.”


Jamie Barton

A freelance football writer and podcaster, Jamie has appeared on/in the BBC World Service, PA Media, Charlton Athletic FC and Empire of the Kop, among others. He's attended matches all around the world, from Tranmere to Tokyo, and once had his bus home from the 2022 Champions League final in Paris delayed by 28 hours.

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