FOOTBALL NEWS: Brazilian footballer Paulinho has been left red-faced and running the risk of deportation after the Brazilian was snapped promoting an illegal betting company with a Japanese porn star in China.
Midfielder Paulinho was sold by Tottenham Hotspur to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande two years ago after a miserable two-season spell in the Premier League, but has been back in form with a hat-trick for Brazil last month, and is being talked about as a target for German giants Bayern Munich.
But he is likely to face questions from his Chinese Super League club and authorities after agreeing to endorse Letou, an Asian betting company which targets punters in China, where betting is illegal.
Professional football leagues ban footballers from betting on any football match in most leagues around the world and FIFA now prohibits all professional players from having any involvement in the industry, so Paulinho’s decision to back Letou is at best ill-advised.
Pornography is also illegal in China, so Paulinho’s decision to be snapped with one of the biggest Asian stars in the adult movie industry, Tsukasa Aoi only adds to the embarrassment for the very religious, married Paulinho.