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Clarke Carlisle Serious Traffic Accident Stuns Football World

23/12/2014 12:39 GMT | Updated 23/12/2014 12:59 GMT

The world of football has been stunned after former Premier League player and Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle was seriously injured when he was hit by a lorry while walking.

North Yorkshire Police said a 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after a serious incident involving a lorry and a pedestrian near York.

The force would not confirm the injured man's identity but social media was full of messages from well-wishers hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick recovery.

His wife Gemma Carlisle thanked people for their messages, saying she was "overwhelmed with your thoughts and prayers".

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

One of his former clubs, Burnley, said: "The thoughts of all at Burnley Football Club are with Clarke Carlisle and his family."

And the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign 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.

The crashed happen on the A64 near the village of Bishopthorpe, at 7.30am on Monday.

A police spokeswoman said: "The collision involved a male pedestrian and a lorry.

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

Carlisle played in defence for a number of clubs including Blackpool, QPR, Leeds United and Burnley.

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Clarke Carlisle with his wife Gemma

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Carlisle playing for Burnley

After he stopped playing, he worked for the PFA and was also a regular on TV - both as a pundit but also as a contestant on the long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown and a guest on BBC's Question Time.

He has also presented a TV documentary about racism in the game and another - Football's Suicide Secret - about mental health issues among his fellow professionals.

Former player and media pundit Kevin Kilbane posted: "Shocked to hear the news on Clarke Carlisle. I pray for him and his family. Hope he pulls through."

Burnley fan and ex-Downing Street communications chief Alastair Campbell tweeted: "Really hoping @clarkecarlisle going be ok. Thoughts with Gemma/two lovely kids. A great @BurnleyOfficial man and mental health campaigner."