Paulinho stirs controversy after promoting gambling with adult movie star
Brazilian international Paulinho has been reproached by his current club Guangzhou Evergrande for starring in an advertisement for Filipino betting company Letou alonside a Japanese porn star Tsukasa Aoi.
Both betting and pornography are illegal in China. Despite claiming to be unaware of the true profession of Tsukasa, Paulinho still finds himself under the scrutiny from his club who conducted an internal investigation regarding this matter.
“After the initial enquiries, we found that Paulinho had agreed to endorse the betting company without notifying the club in advance and he had failed to do the most basic due diligence required for this endorsement,” Guangzhou Evergrande statement read.
Paulinho, who previously played for Tottenham, joined the Chinese club in 2015 for a fee of €14m. Since his arrival, he has netted 19 goals in 75 appearances, and also scored a hat-trick in Brazil’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Uruguay in the last month. Unfortunaley for the midfielder, this incident comes at a time of his growing reputation.