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Clarke Carlisle seriously injured in hospital

The former footballer Clarke Carlisle is seriously ill in hospital in Leeds tonight after being injured in a collision with a lorry in North Yorkshire.

A charity he works with says he's suffered head and knee injuries - his wife has described his condition as very poorly but stable - and she says she's been overwhelmed with messages of support, as Jon Hill reports.

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Charity: Clarke has head and knee injuries

The charity for which Clarke Carlisle is a trustee has said he has head and knee injuries.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group says it has contacted his family, and that he has head injuries and a knee injury.

"The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with The Kaleidoscope Plus Group are with our Board of Trustees Chair, Clarke Carlisle and his family following the news he was involved in a serious road traffic accident yesterday.

"The incident occurred near to his home in York from where Clarke was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, although at present the full extent of his injuries and condition are unknown.

"Clarke recently accepted an offer to join The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Board of Trustees and was voted in as our new Chair at our AGM on Monday December 15.

"We will endeavour to update you with any further developments as soon as we have them."

– The Kaleidoscope Plus Group

Clarke Carlisle: PFA statement

The Professional Footballers' Association have visited Carlisle in hospital.

In a short statement it said: "Everyone at the PFA is keeping Clarke Carlisle in their prayers and thoughts.

"We visited Clarke at the hospital yesterday and we are offering our full help and support to him and his family at this difficult time."

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Footballers pass on best wishes to Clarke Carlisle and family

Footballers who know Clarke Carlisle as a colleague and former chair of their players' association have tweeted their shock at the news of his involvement in a collision with a lorry.

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Clarke Carlisle's wife tweets thanks to supporters

Clarke Carlisle's wife, Gemma, has tweeted her thanks to those who have sent her messages of support after her former York City footballer husband was hit by a lorry.

Ex-footballer injured in A64 collision

The world of football pledged its support and best wishes to former Professional Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle following reports he had been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry on Monday.

Former Leeds United defender Clarke Carlisle Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire Police 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 force would not confirm the injured man's identity, but last night social media was full of messages from well-wishers hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick 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."

Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision on the A64 near the village of Bishopthorpe, at 7.30am on Monday.

"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."

– North Yorkshire Police

Carlisle played as a centre-half for a number of clubs including Burnley, Blackpool, QPR, Leeds, Watford, Northampton and York.

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 the 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.

Clarke Carlisle in hospital after being hit by a lorry

Clarke Carlisle Credit: Press Association

It is understood that former Leeds United and York City player Clarke Carlisle is being treated at Leeds General Infirmary after being hit by a lorry.

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision on the A64 near Bishopthorpe in York at 7.30am on Monday.

North Yorkshire Police would only confirm that an injured man was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Agreement reached over York City's new stadium

York City Football Club and the City of York Council have approved an agreement which will see the club take a long term tenancy at their new home. The agreement also secures £2million funding contribution towards the new stadium.

The 8000 all-seater stadium and leisure complex will be the first of its kind for York. It will also have fitness and play areas, as well as a community hub focussed on providing health services for residents.

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