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Iker Casillas is being questioned by supporters about his trip to Crete after a controversial gay ‘joke’

Iker Casillas was asked by Instagram followers: “Have you been hacked?” after posting a photo from Greece following his controversial “I’m gay” joke.

The former Real Madrid goalkeeper left Spain after being criticized on Sunday for his comments about coming out as gay on Twitter.

The 41-year-old had signaled a foreign trip was imminent with a first photo as he claimed his account was hacked after the disappearance of the gay tweet showing him in an elevator with a suitcase.

He wrote next to the photo, “We’re going on a plane.”

Today, after posting a photo of the famous Chania lighthouse on the north-west coast of the Greek island of Crete, an Instagram fan responded by asking him on social media: “Have you been hacked or are you in Greece?”

From other comments, it appeared that the former Spain international also appeared daft, adding a message along the snap: ‘Happy Monday’, although after being prodded he was given the wrong tag he changed it to “Happy Tuesday”.

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol, who responded to Casillas’ tweet with the awkward reply: ‘It’s time to tell our story Iker’ before apologizing, remained silent this time.

The purpose of the retired goalkeeper’s trip to Greece and whether it was for work or pleasure was not immediately clear.

Casillas, who split from his wife Sara Carbonero in March 2021 after five years of marriage, is said to have tweeted the joke in response to media reports linking him to a number of women, most recently Barcelona defender Gerard’s ex Pique, Shakira.

Openly gay Australian footballer Josh Cavallo lashed out at the Spanish legend and Puyol, saying: “It’s a difficult journey that all LGBTQ+ people have to go through.

“To see my role models and legends of the game making fun of coming out and my community being beyond disrespectful.”

Casilla’s claims that he had been hacked drew ridicule in many parts of the world, with former Celta Vigo and Villarreal footballer Jose Enrique accusing him of lying.

Former Welsh field hockey player Beth Fisher, now an ITV Sport presenter, branded the retired goalkeeper a “complete disgrace” in a hard-hitting tweet.

She added, “People kill themselves because they feel like they can’t come out and be their authentic selves.”

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