We reported yesterday that we found it hard to believe that Papiss Cisse would refuse to wear the new Wonga.com insignia on his Newcastle United short next season.
Papiss Cisse – will refuse to wear Wonga.com insignia on shirt
Muslims do not believe in paying out or receiving interest payments, and that’s the reason put forward for why he would refuse to wear the Wonga insignia, because the company are a pay-day lender.
But he didn’t refuse to wear the short with the Virgin Money insignia and Virgin also participate in receiving interest on loans they give out.
It’s a Sunday and the news in the transfer market has been painfully slow over the last few weeks so we expect some stories that may be hard to believe today.
And Papiss was in goal-scoring form when Senegal drew their World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Angola yesterday, with Cisse scoring the first goal.
The Mail are reporting that Papiss informed the club several weeks ago that he does not want to wear the Wonga.com branding on Newcastle’s shirts next season, because of his religious beliefs.
Newcastle have other Muslims in the squad, including Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote, and Papiss is the only one who reportedly has come forward and said he is unwilling to wear the shirt.
Frederic Kanoute had a similar situation a few years ago and he was allowed to wear an unbranded shirt when Sevilla were sponsored by the gambling website 888.com.
Newcastle will not follow Bolton Wanderers, who pulled out of the deal with QuickQuid last week because of the fans’ protests to the deal that was only announced in the previous week.
We find it hard to believe this story, and the Mail then goes on to say it could leave the door open for Newcastle to sign Andy Carroll, but we think Newcastle will not pay the £15M Liverpool are requesting for Andy.
And surely Andy couldn’t replace the goals that Papiss Cisse scores, and Andy is out until September with that heel injury.
What do you think?
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