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In a poignant gesture that transcends the realm of sports, Spanish football club Real Sociedad has paid a unique tribute to a fan who was tragically murdered 25 years ago.
This act of remembrance not only honors the fan's memory but also serves as a stark reminder against the recurrence of such heinous acts.
The tragic incident that shook Spain occurred 25 years ago when Aitor Zabaleta, a devoted fan of Real Sociedad, was brutally murdered by hooligans near the former stadium of Atletico Madrid, Vicente Calderon. To ensure that Zabaleta's memory lives on and to stand as a warning against such crimes, Real Sociedad has taken a remarkable step.
In an unprecedented move, Real Sociedad included the name of Aitor Zabaleta, assigning him the number 25, on the list of registered players for their upcoming match against Villarreal. This symbolic inclusion is a powerful statement, blending the passion for football with a deep respect for its fans.
The memory of Zabaleta was also honored by Real Sociedad fans who marched through the streets of San Sebastian to the main city square. There, they read a manifesto in memory of their fellow supporter, reinforcing the community's commitment to remembering and honoring Zabaleta's legacy.
This gesture by Real Sociedad is a testament to the profound impact that football and its community can have beyond the pitch. It's a reminder that the sport is not just about winning or losing, but also about unity, respect, and the power to heal and remember.
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