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Soccer's Carlisle to be sentenced

Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle is due in court for sentencing today after he pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence.

The 35-year-old crashed into a delivery lorry on December 20 last year, just two days before he jumped into the path of a 12-ton truck on the A64 near York, Highbury Magistrates' Court in north London has heard.

The former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, who played for Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United and Northampton Town, admitted to failing to provide a sample.

When Carlisle appeared in court in March he also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date, when police officers spotted him driving a Mercedes in an "erratic" manner.

He was warned it was "inevitable" that he would be disqualified when he was sentenced.

Krystelle Wass, defending, told the court that Carlisle had "attempted suicide" on December 20.

Carlisle had been spotted by police swerving his Mercedes and nearly hitting a lorry in Pentonville Road in Islington, north London, at about 7am.

He was involved in excess drinking offences in 1999 and 2011, the court heard.


From Belfast Telegraph