Well wishers send Carlisle support

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Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Former Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle is in hospital after being involved in a collision with a lorry in North Yorkshire.

The 35-year-old former Premier League defender, who retired from football last year, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with “serious injuries” although subsequent media reports have suggested they are not life-threatening.

North Yorkshire Police would not confirm that Carlisle was involved in the accident but said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A64, near York, on Monday morning.

The football community was quick to pledge its support to Clarke and wish him a speedy recovery.

The Football Association tweeted: “The thoughts & prayers of all at The FA are with Clarke Carlisle & his family at this sad time.”

Anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, for which Carlisle is an ambassador, posted: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Kick It Out are with Clarke Carlisle and his family. Stay strong our dear friend – keep on fighting.”

And the Football League added: “Our thoughts & those of everyone that watches Football League clubs will be with Clarke Carlisle and his family this evening.”

Centre-back Carlisle played for a number of clubs including Burnley, Blackpool, QPR, Leeds, Watford, Northampton and York.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton and former Downing Street communications chief Alastair Campbell, a Burnley fan, took to Twitter to wish Carlisle well.

“Just heard the news about Clarke Carlisle. My thoughts are with his friends and family,” Barton wrote.

Campbell tweeted: “Really hoping @clarkecarlisle going be ok. Thoughts with Gemma/two lovely kids. A great @BurnleyOfficial man and mental health campaigner.”

Carlisle’s wife Gemma also used the social networking site to express gratitude to well-wishers, posting: “Don’t normally use this account anymore. But have been overwhelmed with your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.”

Carlisle succeeded Chris Powell as PFA chairman in 2010 and carried out the role for three years before stepping down in 2013.

He regularly appears on television as a commentator and pundit and has also been a contestant on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown and a guest on the BBC’s Question Time.

North Yorkshire Police has launched a witness appeal following the incident, which occurred on the A64 near the village of Bishopthorpe, at 7.30am on Monday.

A statement said: “The collision involved a male pedestrian and a lorry.

“The injured man has been airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries.

“The road was closed to allow the air ambulance to land and to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.”

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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