DEBT-RIDDEN former Toon star Michael Chopra posted a picture of a bag stuffed with money on a social networking site.
The self-confessed gambling addict accompanied the snap, which he posted on Twitter, with a message reading: "Keep tweeting me about being in debt haha love it #cash #skint #lol #lendmeafiver."
The 29-year-old then appeared to delete his account on the site soon after.
His Ipswich Town team-mate Jay Emmanuel-Thomas then tweeted: "Michael Chopra Your A Clown".
Last month, Chopra and former Toon player James Coppinger were found guilty of fixing horse races.
Chopra was found in breach of committing corrupt and fraudulent practices and offering a bribe, while Doncaster Rovers midfielder Coppinger, 32, was found guilty of corrupt and fraudulent practices.
Both were disqualified for 10 and three years respectively after being found in breach of the Rules of Racing following the outcome of a British Horseracing Authority investigation.
Earlier, Chopra revealed he couldn’t afford the £50,000 fees to defend himself. In a statement released at the time, he said: "My legal advisers have been advised that even if I’m found innocent of the charges, the BHA will not refund my legal fees, which I have been advised would be at least £50,000.
"I have extensive debts and loans, and simply cannot afford the amount of money necessary to clear my name, with no prospects of ever recovering my costs." He added that he would welcome a gambling ban, one of the possible BHA sanctions. He said: "It is well-publicised that I have a gambling addiction problem, and I see any such sanctions as being a useful mechanism in helping me to address these problems.
"As of this year, I’ve voluntarily self-excluded myself from all betting institutions in order to help me fight this illness." The Ipswich Town striker revealed the extent of his gambling addiction in November 2011, speaking publicly about how he had been spending up to £20,000-a-day and lost as much as £2m.
It emerged the following month, that Ipswich Town had loaned Chopra a £250,000 to pay off debts that he owed.
The player spent three weeks in the Sporting Chance Clinic in an attempt to beat the addiction last season and, having spoken about how well he had been doing, returned from a specialist training camp in California last summer with the promise of a 20-goal season for his new side.