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PA confirm Carlisle correction

Northampton Town's Clarke Carlisle

The Press Association has apologised to PFA Chairman Clarke Carlisle for an error when reporting his dismissal at the weekend.

The Press Association and the PFA have a long-standing and successful relationship providing live football data from matches up and down the country every week.

The use of former professional footballers in ground ensures an expert eye is able to relay information back to our trained data analysts.

As data is collected live in-game, errors are occasionally made and a validation process is in place to correct them.

During Saturday’s match between Oxford and Northampton, PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle was shown a second yellow card for a foul and dismissed.

When entering the information into the database, the analyst incorrectly selected ‘foul and abusive language’ as the reason for the booking.

The error was spotted during validation and changed at full-time but by this time was already in the public domain.

We apologise to Clarke for the embarrassment this has caused him.