Paulinho punished for porn star promotion

The former Tottenham midfielder has found himself in hot water after advertising a betting company alongside an adult film actress

Brazil international Paulinho has been publicly admonished by Guangzhou Evergrande for promotinga betting company alongside a Japanese porn actress.

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The former Tottenham midfielderinsisted he was unaware of the occupation of his co-star in the advert but has nevertheless come under fire for taking part in acommercial activity without the permission of his club, especially as both betting and pornography are illegal in China.

Despite his claims of having been deceived and subsequently terminatinghis agreement with the betting firm,Guangzhou Evergrande were quick to condemn the player for not carrying out "the most basic due diligence".

A Guangzhou Evergrande statement read: "We conducted an internal investigation into Paulinho as soon as we learnt of the scandal through the media.

"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."

The incident comes with speculation surrounding the future of the 28-year-old, who hasscored 19goals in 75matches for Guangzhou since joining themfrom Tottenhamin 2015.

He netted a hat-trick in Brazil's 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Uruguay last month and is reportedly a transfer target of Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

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