Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has again courted controversy on Twitter.

The Daily Mail reports Ferdinand posted a picture of himself holding a spear and shield alongside a Zulu warrior during United's trip to PheZulu Safari Park on Thursday, and wrote: "Me + my Zulu friend out in the bush just before we hunted and killed a Lion + a Wilder beast!!"

Even though the park has no lions or wildebeest, some followers took him seriously. One wrote back: "Why did Rio Ferdinand have to kill a Lion while here in SA???? He could have spent the money on CONSERVATION!!!"

Ferdinand was forced to clarify his comments on Friday when he tweeted: "had an amazing time in Durban - safari was unbelievable and for those concerned I didn't hunt any lions… can some of u please lighten up!"