La Liga: Tragedy strikes Atletico Madrid; teenage fan dies during title celebration

La Liga: Tragedy strikes Atletico Madrid as teenage fan dies during title celebration after Luis Suarez fired Diego Simieone's men home

La Liga: Shortly after Luis Suarez fired Atletico Madrid to its 11th La Liga title following an intense battle with Real Madrid and Barcelona, tragedy struck. During its title celebration, a 14-year-old Atletico Madrid fan died after he hit his head on a wall while he was leaning out of a moving vehicle in Madrid on May 23. The boy was travelling with his family and friends to celebrate the triumph.

While the emergency services reached immediately and tried to revive the boy, he suffered a cardiac arrest and was declared dead an hour after the incident took place at 9.20 PM local time. Madrid’s Municipal Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

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La Liga: With a 2-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday, Atletico Madrid pipped city rivals Real Madrid by 2 points to win the title after a 7-years gap. The triumph saw thousands of Atletico fans who could not be at the stadium due to closed doors matches, flock to the streets despite COVID-19 restrictions banned public gatherings. Madrid police struggled to contain the crowds.

“It’s a little strange for a celebration. We’ve not been able to celebrate like usual, in the stadium, surrounded by all the fans,” a 22-year-old Atletico fan, Pablo Diaz, told AFP. “We will celebrate it with a bit of worry, by paying attention, with the mask on.”

La Liga: With a draw required to lift the league title on Saturday, Barcelona-reject Luis Suarez fired Atletico Madrid with a 67-minute winner. Atletico Madrid were down 0-1 after Oscar Plano put Real Valladolid ahead in the 17th minute. But Angel Correa put Diego Simeone’s men level in the 57th minute.

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In the other match, Real Madrid needed a win to stay in contention while also needing Atletico to lose the match. Although Real Madrid won, Atletico Madrid’s win meant, they could not defend their La Liga title. Barcelona finished third with a narrow 1-0 win over Eibar.

“It’s tough. The situation I had to live through, the way I was looked down on, but Atletico opened the door for me. A lot of people have suffered with me – my wife, my children. Day by day, they are the ones who have suffered the most from my many years in football,” Luis Suarez said after the match, breaking into tears, describing the humiliation he faced at FC Barcelona.