Rio Ferdinand criticised over advert linked to Asian tobacco firm

Guardian
Manchester United footballer was unaware of company's profits from cigarettes when he starred in advertsFootballer Rio Ferdinand, of Manchester United and England, is at the centre of a row over tobacco advertising after anti-smoking charities accused him of promoting a company that owns one of Asia's biggest cigarette brands.Ferdinand, an active supporter of the global children's charity Unicef, appears in billboard advertisements and YouTube videoclips streamed in Indonesia that promote Gudang Garam International's internet-based sports channel, Intersport, which broadcasts Premier League football matches and helps to raise the profile of English football in Asia.GGI is one of Indonesia's largest tobacco companies and its cigarettes, which are flavoured with spices such as cloves and cinnamon, are particularly popular with children.A sp...

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