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Ipswich striker Michael Chopra has quit Twitter after posting a picture of a bag stuffed with money.

The 29-year-old, who has suffered a high- profile gambling addiction, tweeted the picture of a bag full of #20 notes.

The accompanying message read: "Keep tweeting me about being in debt haha love it #cash #skint #lol #lendmeafiver."

Later his account, @MichaelChopra10, which had almost 15,000 followers, disappeared.

An Ipswich Town spokesman said Chopra had made his own decision to close the account, adding that the club encouraged Twitter use but "sometimes banter can be a little over the top".

Chopra revealed the extent of his addiction in 2011, speaking publicly about how he had lost as much as #2 million, spending up to #20,000 a day.

It later emerged that his club had loaned him #250,000 to pay off debts.

The player spent three weeks in the Sporting Chance Clinic last season in an attempt to beat the addiction.

Michael Chopra banned from racecourses for 10 years

Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra has been banned from racecourses for ten years after he was found to have breached the rules after a British Horseracing Authority investigation.

Chopra was found in breach of committing corrupt and fraudulent practices and offering a bribe. He was one nine people charged with various offences. Earlier this month Chopra announced he couldn't afford to defend himself during the inquiry.

He won't be able to attend any licensed racing premises for the period of his ban.

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Michael Chopra: Full statement

Published on the Ipswich Town website

On the 4th October 2012, the British Horseracing Authority announced that they were charging me and others with breaches of the rules of horseracing. The charges are due to be heard at a two week inquiry, which commences on the 14th January 2013.

My legal advisors, having engaged with the British Horseracing Authority, have been advised that even if I’m found innocent of the charges, the British Horseracing Authority will not refund my legal fees, which I have been advised would be at least £50,000 for being represented at the inquiry.

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. I am not a member of the British Horseracing Authority and not subject to its Rules. I

I have been advised that the British Horseracing Authority is only allowed under its Rules to take disciplinary action against a person who is subject to those Rules, which does not include me.

Furthermore, I understand that the only sanction that the British Horseracing Authority could impose on me is to ban me from racecourses and gambling establishments licensed by it.

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 from where I live in Ipswich in order to help me fight this illness.

For the above reasons, I have decided not to present myself to the BHA inquiry.

I will be making no further comment on this matter at this stage.

– Michael Chopra

Striker says betting ban will help him fight addiction

Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra says he is likely to face a ban from racecourses and gambling establishments, but says the ban would help him to fight his gambling addiction.

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 from where I live in Ipswich in order to help me fight this illness.

– Michael Chopra

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Ipswich Town 'will support' Chopra

Michael Chopra
The British Horseracing Authority has charged Michael Chopra with various breaches of the rules of racing. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town Chief Executive, Simon Clegg has said the club will support striker Michael Chopra after he was charged with serious breaches of the rules of horse racing.

Chopra, along with nine others, faces allegations centring on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in races that took place between 1 November 2010 and 31 March 2011.

Chopra is accused of offering bribes to a jockey.

Ipswich Town have released a statement saying Town’s Chief Executive, Simon Clegg and Chopra are "working to understand the full extent of the allegations and the background which led to the charges being made."

Commenting on behalf of the Club, Simon Clegg said: "Serious allegations of misconduct have been made against Michael by the BHA relating to events which occurred before Michael joined Ipswich Town.

"It needs to be recognised that at this time the charges made against Michael are unproven. Michael will be seeking his own legal advice on this issue, but we will support the player as we have done with his previous well published challenges and as he goes through the inquiry process.

"We will be making no further comment on this matter at this time, as we view it as a private matter between the player and a non-football authority."

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