A footballer who was banned by the FA for making bets turned to the property sector for an income while away from the beautiful game.

Last September, former Bromley player George Porter admitted making hundreds of bets while playing for Leyton Orient, Burnley, Welling and Bromley over an eight-year period.

But rather than going off the rails or feeling sorry for himself, Porter set up his own cleaning company doing end-of-tenancy cleaning while he waited to get back on the pitch.

He told Kent Online: “I didn’t have an income but something good came out of that because I’ve set up my own business, so I’m tying that in with football and it’s brilliant.

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Cleaning up

It’s a commercial cleaning company, so I work for estate agents and we do end-of-tenancy cleaning, stuff like that. I’m on the books of two estate agents and it’s going well.”

Porter placed a total stake of £5,147 across the 473 bets from December 2011 to May 2019, scooping £2,754 but making a net loss of £2,392. Players, staff and officials at all levels of football are banned from betting by the FA.

He’s now happy to be back playing for Maidstone United, adding: “I’ve come out the other side. I’m over it now and it’s made me even more hungry.”

Porters covers the London/South East London area, specialising in start and end of tenancy cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, after builders cleaning, furniture assembly/removal and office cleaning.

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