Football: Britain's Carlisle hit by truck, seriously injured

Chelsea's English defender Ashley Cole (C) scores under pressure from Clarke Carlisle (L) and Graham Alexander (R) during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge in London, England on August 29, 2009

LONDON - Former Burnley, Leeds and Queens Park Rangers defender Clarke Carlisle was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a truck on Monday, British media reported.

The BBC reported the 35-year-old former chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association was in hospital and that his injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said a 35-year-old man had been airlifted to hospital but did not confirm the injured man's identity.

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

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

The England sport body the Football Association wrote on Twitter "The thoughts & prayers of all at The FA are with Clarke Carlisle & his family at this sad time."

The anti-racism organisation Kick It Out, for which Carlisle is an ambassador, wrote "Stay strong our dear friend - keep on fighting."