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Hulk Hogan retweets pictures of football stars as Twitter trolls target former WWE star after racial slur

Jack De Menzes

Published 27/07/2015 | 13:35

Supposed 'fans' of Hogan have used pictures of the current and former Arsenal players to pretend they are showing support for Hogan
Supposed 'fans' of Hogan have used pictures of the current and former Arsenal players to pretend they are showing support for Hogan
Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan has had his contract terminated by WWE

It's not a good time to be Hulk Hogan.

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The wrestling icon saw his WWE contract terminated with immediate effect last week after a leaked audio recording revealed him making racial slurs, his history with the brand was completely erased from their website, and now he's retweeting pictures of black Arsenal players who he believes are supporting him and claiming he's not a racist.

Online trolls are targeting the 61-year-old with tweets that appear to offer support to the under-fire wrestler. In a string of pictures, different users have sent messages that claim Hogan is not a racist and they still love him, along with supposed pictures of themselves asking for a retweet.

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However, the pictures clearly aren’t of them, and instead have shown Arsenal players Danny Welbeck alongside Jack Wilshere, former Arsenal stars Gervinho and Andrey Arshavin and current Liverpool defender Kolo Toure.

Hogan has retweeted the messages, completely oblivious to who those in the pictures actually are, and led to a number of further tweets criticising the ‘Hulkster’ for his unintentional error.

Hogan has previous when it comes to retweeting ill-advised tweets, having republished pictures of murdered Raoul Moat, missing girl Madeleine McCann and Austrian paedophile Josef Fritzl.

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After the audio clip of Hogan repeatedly using a racially derogative term, the WWE released the following statement having already cut him from the website and TV show Tough Enough.

“WWE terminated its contract with Terry Bollea (aka Hulk Hogan). WWE is committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds as demonstrated by the diversity of our employees, performers and fans worldwide.”

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