8XBet’s Duterte connection

A marketing executive central to Manchester City’s sponsorship agreement with 8XBet was, just months earlier, working with a politically-connected Chinese businessman accused in the International Criminal Court of running Filipino meth labs.

By Jack Kerr, Philippe Auclair, Andy Brown, Steve Menary and Sam Kunti, with Nathan Southern and Lindsey Kennedy in the Philippines

It's the last Tuesday of November 2021, at a WeWork in London’s Covent Garden, and Jessica* is preparing to spend the afternoon with a football legend. It’s the highlight of a trip full of them. She’ll spend much of her time in London dining at Michelin-starred restaurants and “sinfully” eating oysters and lobster. She’ll even get one of the best seats in the house at Vicarage Road, almost right behind the bench of newly beloved Manchester City (she used to support United). 

But her trip to London is really about one thing: an advertising shoot on Southwark St. The job is a “brand ambassador” signing at the Menier Penthouse, crewed by local PR firm Square In The Air. The view across the Thames is to die for, though the real star of the show is Teddy Sheringham. 

A pre-shoot Zoom call with Teddy Sheringham and his manager, Josh Landy (Bear Face Talent), plus others 

The man who played a pivotal role in United’s treble winning-season all those years ago has agreed to promote a company with very little profile...

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