We’ve Heard This One Before About Newcastle’s Strips

There was news yesterday that Papiss Cisse will refuse to wear the new Newcastle strip bearing the Wonga.com insignia of the new sponsors,  because they are in the business of  lending money.

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Papiss Cisse wearing the Virgin Money insignia

The Muslim faith bars Muslims from paying or receiving interest on loans, and interest is not paid on Islamic bank accounts or added to mortgages.

And of course Wonga is a pay-day lender, and that seems to be the basis of the story, although we didn’t see any quotes from the player himself.

That’s one clue that it may be a made up story, although there have been times when even the quotes have been made up to make a story appear more real.

But why is there any difference to the Virgin Money sponsor Newcastle  had  – they have loans as well – and they are no different in principle – although Wonga charges ridiculously high  interest rates.

Pay-day lenders are not legal in some states over here in America – including North Carolina.

There were stories a year last January that Demba Ba would refuse to wear the shirt with the Virgin Money logo om it, but he wore it and so did Papiss Cisse when he joined that club that January.

And there was a story yesterday that Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside had refused to go with pay-day lender QuickQuid as a sponsor, because of the adverse  reaction of the Bolton fans, after announcing a two-year deal only last week.

Bolton issued this statement yesterday:

“Whilst we anticipated some negative responses from the initial agreement, we underestimated the adverse reaction to the sector of business in which the sponsor operated.”

And we also heard the same story 18 months ago about former Tottenham and West Ham striker Freddie Kanoute refusing to wear the logo of gambling website 888.com on his Seville shirt some years ago.

Freddie finally agreed to wear the shirt, but was excused from any of the promotional duties for the sponsor.

News is slow at the moment, and we’d be surprised if there was much truth in this story on Papiss.

Wonga has a four-year deal with Newcastle which is worth anywhere from to £6M to £8M a year, and they have also agreed to invest money in St. James’ Park and the Youth Academy, and they are currently paying for the repainting of the roof at the Gallowgate end of the stadium back to silver grey, to eliminate those ghastly SportsDirect.com signs.

But Newcastle fans are still unhappy (very unhappy) about the Wonga sponsorship – but as we said before we’d be surprised if this story about Papiss Cisse is true.

What do you think?

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28 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Kneeling on carpet rod is too good for Ashley.

  • proudtobageordie

    Jun 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2


    To insinuate pardew dosn’t have any input on choosing players is ludicrous. Of course he identifies players he would like to play for our club.

  • NUFCarter

    Jun 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Surely pardew will be telling mike ashley who he wants to buy out of carrs targets, but if hes abroad then mikes phone bill would be soaring! We wouldnt want that.

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    The crap in the Daily Mail’s just a re-run of the same over Northern Rock and Virgin Money logos.

    It’s just the press muck-raking again – nowt new eh?

  • jonobbad

    Jun 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Kanoute got to wear an unbranded shirt. Could be a good thing, I’d rather buy an unbranded one.
    But still to see home shirt, it might be good but not too hopeful.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    you can’t fix what is completely broken the only answer is replacement

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    I’d be the happiest man alive if Mashley sold us to a billionaire who wanted more the mid table mediocrity.


    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    He would of refused to wear the virgin strip last season if he had a issue with it

    Plus he isn’t the only Muslim in our squad is he?

  • yorkymag

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    20yorkymag // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I am really worked about what is unfolding with our beloved football club
    We have a disaster of a season ,don’t take action with regard to the manager
    So the players start to have their own little digs at the leadership ,the press are gunning for us after the daft way in which the telegraph were treated they won’t forget and it’s not just the telegraph it’s all of them now against us
    Then we have more noise about our players unhappy with wonga as a sponsor can’t blame them,a totally avoidable distraction
    The club is in a right old two and six and needs sorting ,it feels like we are drifting into a train crash .
    All avoidable and all our own making its hard to have any empathy with ashley at the moment
    Worst of all it feels like the players are feeling a bit the same ,everyone else is busy in the market we are sticking to our overseas markets ,the only hope is that our on the field performance was so poor last year a number of players won’t have an option to go and I include cabayne in that ,what a shame a real shame

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Where’s Charnley?

    Rest assured he’ll be on the transfers case.

    Heard he’s at the Bildeberg gathering in Watford along with Llambias and mixing with the capitalist world’s other big movers and shakers!!!


    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #11


    We’d be bankrupt within a week, for shame on u for wanting such things as success

  • lesh

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Thinking out loud – if Cisse is against wearing the Wonga logo, then he can only be pushing for a move.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    MA won’t sell us to a billion simply because he will ask double the clubs valuation + loan payment, so any self respecting billionaire wouldn’t want to spend that much straight away and let MA walk out laughing

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #14

    More free publicity for Wonga.

    Ashley – LLambias – Pardew & Wonga … ffs.

    We need legislation to reclaim our sports clubs from these leeches.

    Fans in!
    Leeches OUT!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #15

    i wonder if the mafia dogs are connected with the government because they seem to dry our life and leave us begging

  • Sav

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #16

    If you are going to demand an outrageous 60,000+ per week for your time it seems a bit much to be quibbling about the niceties of where it comes from.
    But is it wrong to ask is there any basis in fact, any quote or gesture of the player to indicate there is substance to this story? Its going to be a long, hot summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    I know Im an ungrateful wretch fancy me not thinking about the fates of Leeds and Portsmouth when I dream of 20M net spends.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    for some reason ( and i don’t want to sound so very optimism ) i would sh!t myself if we bought in quality players and we finished 4th season after season

  • neilinho

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #19

    Lads, instead of all of us complaining about a club/ownership that we can’t change, how about we form our own club like the disgruntled Man Utd fans when the Glaizers took over. We’re all in favour of fan owned clubs like in Germany. Maybe one day our newly formed club would be successful enough to merge with Nufc and we’d be in control again!!

  • GeordieDan

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #20


    So far we have the following players almost certain to leave:

    Obertan, Gosling, Simpson, Perch, Amalfitano, Abeid, (plus Strolla?), Captain Colo.

    The following players we know aren’t good enough (yet is some cases) for the Prem:

    Sammy Ameobi, Fergie, Tavernier, Vuckic, Willaimson, Streete.

    Plus players who just aren’t good enough anymore, Jonas and Tiote in particular.

    And we are bringing in 1 striker and 1 defender? Wow! Talk about reaching for the stars!!!!

    Even if the crap players contribute very little they still provide some kind of competition for places and if we ship 5-8 of these players and don’t replace them it will have an effect just like not replacing Best, Guthrie and Lovenkrands last year.

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    new season, bottom, no players in, i hope i’m not the only one with a bill board in front of 52,000+ fans after 10 games

  • expatmag

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    Some pf you guys believe that we are relegation candidates without improving the squad.

    Krul, Elliott, Debuchy, Perch, Saylor, Colo, Mbiwa, Williamson, Santon, Haidara, Obertan, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Cabaye, Tiote, Bigirimana, Vuckic, Raylor, Sissoko, Guttierz, Gouffran, Shola, Cisse,

    Add to that Campbell, Ferguson, Sammy, Tavernier, Inman, Alnwick, Dummett, Newton, Richardson, Streete, Mbau etc coming through the ranks.

    As a start off point, that is a damn good squad of senior players plus youngsters with potential to be loaned out or progressed.

    Keep them altogether and add a quality, winger, forward and centre back and we have a top 8 team at least.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #23

    Geordie Dan,
    I’m trying to hold my breath where transfers are concerned as there are a few on here who think we’ll be surprised so roll on Aug 31st ,I also think that if we’re in the bottom three of the form league after six games then it would be criminal negligence to keep Pardew .

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #24


    I think we’ll sign a decent striker and a couple of cheap players that might push for the starting 11.

    This will be heralded as showing ambition and we’ll be reminded that some players were bought in Jan that were coming this window.

    All the other teams will spend more or the same and we’ll be here debating if they’ve spent enough.
    Unfortunately a fair few fans buy into the club’s spin and will think we have a great squad.
    Injury free, no cup runs and kind fixture lists and Pardew might get lucky.
    Otherwise he really isn’t good enough and will be sacked by October.

  • Trent Toon

    Jun 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Im absolutely hating how the club is being run right now. Its just not the same Newcastle United ive ever known. 3 courses of action must take place.

    1) A new owner
    2) A new manager (i want keegan back)
    3) New ENGLISH players (prefereablly from Newcastle)

    As for the sponsor I don’t care. And as for Papis he should wear the sponsor as he has agreed to play for Newcastle, he i entitled to his beliefs but if he want to play he needs to play with the sponsor

  • scout

    Jun 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Why get this outfit involved?
    Surely someone else offered the same money per season, the quicker the government outlaw these dogs the better.
    Muslims don’t pay interest?? Why don’t the traders sell stuff at cost price then?

  • Timbuktoon

    Jun 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Can we not just sell Cisse? I’m sure there are clubs that would take him and we could make a tidy profit from him (Anzhi?)
    I’d rather we had a reliable striker, who knows the offside rule and is not hit and miss. Give me a 20-25 goal a season striker who scores tap ins over a striker who just got lucky (yes, some of his goals were amazing technique, but as we have seen since his first season, 9 out of 10 of those attempts end up in the Tyne).

  • arctoa

    Jun 8, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Mashley and Puma are both missing a trick with the animosity towards Wonga. They should release a ‘premium’ or ‘classic’ strip which is the same in every way as the replica strip, only without the sponsor or sponsor-space tacked on the front. Stick an extra tenner on the price, give a percentage of that extra profit to Wonga, job done. It’s beautifully cynical.

    As for the story, it’s typical muck-raking.

    Heh, players from Newcastle. The north-east isn’t a conveyor belt of talent any more; the only player from the region, nevermind Newcastle, that would improve our team is Carrick. Maybe Adam Johnson – and we’d have had both of them all along if Keegan hadn’t disbanded the reserves.


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