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Person from Wareham Rangers dies before football match kicks off
Condolences and tributes have been paid by other teams from across the county.
A person from a Dorset football team died before a match yesterday (November 5), the club as confirmed. Wareham Rangers had been due to take on Sturminster Marshall, who were hosting the Dorset Premier League (DPL) match, but emergency services had to rush to the scene before kick-off to tend to the individual.
The club has been met with a wave of condolences and words of support from the football community as well as other local clubs. Wareham Rangers FC took to social media to inform fans of the sad news.
In a Facebook post, the club wrote: “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.”
It also uploaded an official statement from DPL confirming the news. The league offered its condolences to the person’s friends and family.
A statement from DPL 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 event, 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 time.”
The team that Wareham Rangers FC were due to be up against also shared words of condolences. Sturminster Marshall tweeted: “Sometimes life gets put into perspective and things are much more important than football.
“Our condolences to @WarehamRangerss & 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.”
Weymouth Football Club also offered its thoughts during this difficult time. In a Tweet, the club wrote: “Weymouth Football Club would like to send our sincere condolences to all at @WarehamRangerss. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.”
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