CONDOLENCES have been paid after a person died following a medical emergency ahead of a football game in Dorset on Saturday.
A match between Sturminster Marshall FC and Wareham Rangers FC had been due to go ahead.
Sturminster Marshall FC, Wareham Rangers FC and the Dorset Premier League have paid tribute.
A statement from Dorset Premier League said: “It is with the deepest sadness to report, that following a medical emergency before the Sturminster Marshall FC v Wareham Rangers FC League game, and despite the very best efforts of the paramedics and other medical persons who attended the incident, the individual concerned has sadly passed away.
“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and all connected with Wareham Rangers FC. The family have requested their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.”
A spokesperson from Wareham Rangers FC said: “Following yesterday’s tragic event Wareham Rangers wishes to thank everyone for their support, messages and condolences.
“Special thanks to the emergency services and all at Sturminster Marshall football club.
“We ask that you respect the privacy and wishes of the family, friends and all involved.”
A spokesperson from Sturminster Marshall FC said: “Sometimes life gets put into perspective and things are much more important than football.
“Our condolences to Wareham Rangers RC and all of the family involved at our game yesterday. We urge the football community to gather round all affected to help them through this difficult time.”
Wareham Rangers FC's ground is based at Purbeck Sports Centre.