Former PFA Chairman, player, anti-racism campaigner Clark Carlisle hit by truck

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The soccer community in England was in shock on Tuesday, as prominent figure Clark Carlisle was struck by a truck on a busy road in northern England.

Carlisle, 35, was flown to hospital in Leeds by helicopter where he has since had surgery but doctors have confirmed that the former Burnley, Blackpool and QPR player was in a ‘stable’ condition after the accident on the A64 route.

The situation surrounding the incident is still not clear, as Carlisle suffered serious injuries but is now stable.

Dubbed “the brainiest footballer in Britain” Carlisle has a degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting and has appeared on an intellectual television show called Countdown in the UK as well as being a commentator for various media outlets.

Carlisle has spoken openly about depression in his life and has helped other soccer players in the game with that illness during his time as the Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association. Carlisle is also an ambassador for equality campaign body Kick It Out and Premier League side Burnley announced there will be a minute’s applause in the fifth minute of their Boxing Day game with Liverpool to support their former defender.

Many influential figures across the sport in the UK are rallying around Carlisle and his family, as the Englishman continues to recover from the horrific accident in Yorkshire on Monday.