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Papiss Cisse Pulls Out of Newcastle Tour After Sponsor Row: Daily Soccer Report

papiss cisse Papiss Cisse Pulls Out of Newcastle Tour After Sponsor Row: Daily Soccer Report

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has pulled out of the club’s pre-season tour to Portugal after refusing to wear the club shirt featuring shirt sponsor Wonga. Cisse objects to wearing the shirt promoting the payday lender due to religious reasons.

As a Muslim, the shirt infringes Sharia Law, which forbids Muslims from benefiting from lending money.

Cisse has offered to wear a shirt that either doesn’t feature a shirt sponsor, or features a charity name instead.

According to the BBC, Cisse and his representatives have been in talks with club officials and the Professional Footballers’ Association in recent days but neither the club nor their shirt sponsor have been able to find a solution.

The situation is putting Cisse’s Newcastle future into doubt. The Senegalese striker also sat out yesterday’s friendly that featured Newcastle against Motherwell.

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7 Responses to Papiss Cisse Pulls Out of Newcastle Tour After Sponsor Row: Daily Soccer Report

  1. TexasToon says:

    Oh, excellent! We can really afford to dump another striker/our only proven scoring threat right now!!!

  2. M Owen says:

    i feel Cisse is just using this Wonga this as an excuse to play for a move out of NewCastle

  3. But “Virgin _____ (fill in the blank)” doesn’t bother him? Virgin has been screwing over folks in various ways for years.

  4. Nonsense says:

    He doesn’t however mind benefiting from Virgin Money (credit lender) or Virgin Wines (alcohol). Sounds a bit hypocritical.

  5. Brn442 says:

    The whole thing is a joke. He wants out and he is using his religion to do it. Shameful.

  6. hanoverboxer says:

    He probably wants out because he knows its only a matter of time before Joe Kinnear starts calling him Papist Sissy.

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