The world of football pledged its support and best wishes to former Blackpool defender Clarke Carlisle following reports he had been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry on Monday.
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 on Monday night social media was full of messages from well-wishers hoping Carlisle, 35, makes a quick recovery.
The FA 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.
A spokeswoman 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.”
Part of the road was closed for a number of hours while investigations took place.
Carlisle played as a centre-half for a number of clubs including Blackpool, Burnley QPR, Leeds, Watford, Northampton, Preston North End 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.
Many of Carlisle’s former clubs tweeted their support.
Blackpool wrote:” Our thoughts and prayers are with Clarke Carlisle and his family this evening.”
Burnley, where he won promotion to the Premier League in 2009, wrote: “The thoughts of all at Burnley Football Club are with Clarke Carlisle and his family.”
Northampton, where Carlisle finished his playing career and spent three spells, tweeted: “Sending our thoughts and prayers to Clarke Carlisle and his family at this difficult time.
“Clarke is an inspiration and a fighter and we are sure all Cobblers fans will join us in wishing him well.”
Carlilse began his successful football career at Blackpool in 1997 when he made 93 full appearances before his big money move to QPR in 2000.
In the latter stages of his playing career, he became chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association.