It’s been pointed out by one of our readers Christopher Webber, that there’s not too much difference between Wonga and Virgin Money, as far as lending out money for profit – both companies do it.
Demba Ba – if he wore the Wonga logo
So why wasn’t there any problem last January when Virgin Money became the Newcastle shirt sponsors, and in fact any bank or financial institution sponsoring clubs, would presumably create some problem for Muslim players.
Let’s say up front that we don’t think the Wonga logo will cause any problems with the four Muslims in Newcastle’s first team, Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote, and it’s always going to be a personal choice in any case, that’s down to the players.
After all, wearing the Wonga logo isn’t like saying that any of the four players are actually lending out money for gain, which is not allowed under Muslim law.
There is a differences between what Virgin Money does and Wonga does in the business world, with Virgin Money providing many financial services and not just loans, which is the business that Wonga is in almost exclusively.
Of course three of our four Muslim players have bigger things on their minds today, and it’s the second leg of the two match play-off between Senegal and the Ivory Coast in Dakar.
The Ivory Coast lead the first leg 4-2 and the winner of the two-legged tie qualifies for the African Cup of Nations in South Africa starting in January.
We’d be surprised if the Wonga logo causes too much trouble with our Muslim players – but we’ve been wrong before of course. 😀
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