FORMER Sunderland striker Michael Chopra has sparked outrage by mocking Black Cats fans on Twitter.
The Newcastle-born striker tweeted to his thousands of followers after the Wearsider’s 6-1 defeat away to Aston Villa on Monday.
His first post on the social network site said: “Last tweet of the night and last one for a few weeks coming up lets see how much Sunderland fans like this one.”
The Ipswich Town player then wrote: “Feels great that all these Sunderland giving me so so much stick that they once paid my wages I think I forgot to say thank you #hahahaha.”
The recovering gambling addict’s second tweet received more than 600 retweets and prompted a series of responses, including Sunderland fanzine A Love Supreme with the reply:
“@MichaelChopra10 yeah Ladbrokes on Pallion road has never done so well!”
Newcastle United fan Chopra, who left the Black Cats in 2009, attracted criticism in January when he mocked fellow Geordie Danny Graham for signing for Sunderland.
After Graham signed on a three-and-a-half year deal, joining from Swansea for £5m on transfer, Chopra tweeted: “Another Geordie signs for sunderland lol wonder how many mackems sign for the toon #none.”
He later tweeted: “If people hate me that much why do they follow me and waste there time tweeting me.”
Earlier this year, the footballer quit Twitter minutes after apparently posting a photo of thousands of pounds of cash.
The 29-year-old was loaned £250,000 by the club in 2011 to help pay off gambling debts.
The move came after he said he could not afford to pay £50,000 to defend himself at an inquiry into horseracing corruption.