Clarke Carlisle Serious Traffic Accident Stuns Football World

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.

Clarke Carlisle with his wife Gemma

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."