During these past few months, we have gone through difficult times and the Atlético de Madrid family has not been oblivious to the consequences caused by COVID-19. Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to illustrious players and coaches who made Atleti great throughout its history, as well as some of our club members. As soon as it's possible, the club will pay a well-deserved tribute to them in gratitude for their dedication and love for our colours and to show that they will always remain in our memories.
During this health crisis, we have learned that at least 32 of our members have passed away. It's common for the club to update the membership numbers at the beginning of a new season, every year in June, with the subsequent changes in the numbers that have become free due to deaths or membership cancelations.
However, on this occasion, due to the very difficult circumstances we're going through due to the health crisis, the club has exceptionally decided to respect and maintain the membership numbers in the 2020/21 season of all those who have passed away during the pandemic, as a symbolic gesture in their memory and in gratitude for their support. The membership numbers, which have great sentimental value as they indicate the uninterrupted seniority as a club member, will be updated as usual in other cases, but will be kept for next season to pay tribute to all those Atlético supporters who left us due to this health crisis.