Muslim Cisse Won’t Wear Newcastle’s Shirt, Because It’s Sponsored By a Loan Company.

The New Newcastle Home Kit Sponsored By Wonga.
The New Newcastle Home Kit Sponsored By Wonga.

Papiss Cisse is ready to discuss his concerns with club management about wearing the Newcastle United shirt sponsored by a loans firm when he returns from international duty with Senegal.

In October 2012, high-interest payday loans company Wonga signed a multimillion-pound shirt sponsorship deal with Newcastle in a move that was said to have sparked anger from some politicians and fans, worried that the deal could project the wrong image of the club. It is said the contract is worth around £8m a year to the Tyne side club.

The 28-year-old striker has not disclosed any intention of moving away from the Magpies at the moment, but remains deeply concerned about his Islamic teachings and wouldn’t want to compromise his Muslim beliefs if he were seen promoting the company.

Gambling is forbidden in Islam, a lesson that many ardent Muslims, regardless of circumstances try to adhere to.

Papiss Cisse.
Papiss Cisse.

Cisse joined the Magpies in January 2012 and has scored 26 goals for Newcastle in all competitions. He was on target in Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Senegal and Angola in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match. Senegal plays Liberia on June 16.

A similar conflict occurred with Frederic Kanoute in 2007, a devout Muslim like Cisse, then at Sevilla. Kanoute chose to cover the logo of a betting company on his jersey.

After Sevilla perjured Kanoute into wearing the jersey, he however made a U-turn but refused to take part in any promotional activities involving the sponsor.

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