Clarke Carlisle believes a breakaway union to protect the interests of black footballers could be divisive and has called for Rio Ferdinand and Jason Roberts to meet with the Professional Footballers' Association to discuss their aims.

Carlisle, chairman of the PFA, revealed he has already had several meetings with Reading striker Roberts, who, along with Ferdinand, refused to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt last weekend. However, the nature of the proposals surrounding the potential breakaway group, which could sever links with the PFA, are still unknown by the union.

"I've had a number of conversations with Jason over the past few months. The most recent of them was on Sunday and they will continue," Clarke said. "Jason explained one or two things to me but I don't know what the full intentions or the requests are of this breakaway group."

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