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Former Spurs star Paulinho in hot water in China after posing with Japanese porn star for betting advert

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Brazilian football star 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.

Paulinho poses with a Japanese porn star Tsukasa Aoi (Photo: CEN)

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. The video footage of Paulinho with Aoi was filmed at his home in China.

Paulinho celebrates a goal for Guangzhou Evergrande (Photo: Shaun Botterill – FIFA)
Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho look dejected after a goal is disallowed wrongly in injury time
The Brazilian with Jan Vertonghen during his Spurs days (Photo: Action Images)

Aoi has also been embroiled in a sex scandal with Asian megastar Jun Matsumoto, who lives with actress Mao Inoue.

Perhaps rumoured interest from Bayern Munich, which began to circulate yesterday, will proved to be well-timed for the player. Or could this be the driving force behind any attempts to return to Europe?

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