With just four minutes remaining in the game the Buildbase FA Vase Third Round tie between Gorleston and Basildon United was abandoned on Saturday after a supporter collapsed.
The supporter was later discovered to be the father-in-law of Gorleston goalkeeper Taurean Molloy and sadly he passed away.
Gorleston’s secretary Colin Bray has issued the following statement: “I feel at this time we would like to clarify the situation in regard to the FA Vase fixture and subsequent awarding of the game.
“Firstly, we would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of John at this sad time.
“The club was contacted by the FA on Sunday morning and informed that FA rules state: `When a first match has been postponed, or is abandoned before the completion of 90 minutes and neither Club being at fault, it shall be played on the same ground, in the Third Round Proper – on or before the following Saturday.`
“We were then asked if Gorleston FC would like to agree to this, but also given the option of forfeiting the game due to the situation.
“I contacted our club chairman Alan Gordon and first-team manager Ricci Butler with these details. We all agreed to talk to our goalkeeper, Taurean Molloy, whose father-in-law it was that passed away and asked him how he and the family feel about the situation. He confirmed that the family would like to ‘go again’.
“Our decision was not taken lightly nor to benefit the club or team. We certainly did not want to cause any distress or disrespect to the family.
“I informed Basildon and the FA of our decision later on Sunday.
“Today we have had subsequent emails from the FA and Basildon stating their decision to forfeit the FA Vase tie.
“I would like to thank all at the club who did all they could in a difficult situation and special thanks to the emergency services for their quick response and assistance”.
Source: Gorleston FC