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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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  1. hanoverboxer

    July 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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

  2. Brn442

    July 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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

  3. Nonsense

    July 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

  4. Jason Gatties

    July 17, 2013 at 11:27 am

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

  5. M Owen

    July 17, 2013 at 11:15 am

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

  6. TexasToon

    July 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

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

    • CTBlues

      July 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      We could give you back Ba.

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