In Argentina, fandom carries a particular significance, which in some cases leads to absurd situations.
Boca Juniors, in the final of the Copa Libertadores, lost to Fluminense after extra time, plunging their fervent fans into despair, sadness, depression, and – in one case – death. Argentine television station Cronica reports an extreme incident that occurred shortly after the end of the final match, in which a 23-year-old Boca fan took his own life following the team's defeat.
The mother of the fan, who was employed as a police officer, insists her son was a complete fanatic, and in a South American fashion, she has accused the club itself of causing her son's death by being so 'lousy'.
"My son was a fanatic. He was an incredibly big Boca fan. If they lost, he became depressed, often getting very angry. For him, Boca was the biggest thing in the world," said the mother of the fan, adding,
"Boca is a lousy club. They killed my son; my son is dead because of them. Now I don’t have him anymore, and no one from the club has even expressed their condolences."
Argentinian media report that the fan, whose name was Marcelo, transferred all his savings to his brother's account just before committing suicide.