Players Refusing To Wear Wonga – Blown Out of Proportion

Alan Pardew held his first training session with the Newcastle squad yesterday, and the lads were seen running a lot,  and doing some flexibility exercises, and significantly, all the returning Muslims in the squad were wearing the training gear.

ben arfa weraing wonga yesterday

Ben Arfa wearing the training kit yesterday

Some Newcastle players – particularly Papiss Cisse – have sad they are unwilling to wear the gear, because lending for gain is against Sharia law in the Muslim religion, and we suppose the players have a legal right not to wear the gear  with on them.

Newcastle’s practicing Muslims include Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and new boy Olivier Kemen and the players present yesterday – Tiote and Cisse return next week – were wearing the training gear.

But the news is that Papiss Cisse is still refusing to wear the shirts on religious grounds, so when he returns to training late next week we’ll see if he wears different training kit.

And if he does, it means he will also wear a different shirt – sans the signs – during games in the coming season.

There’s still a chance Papiss will change his mind, but at most it’s just one player who is objecting to wearing on his shirt.

Of course Papiss Cisse would also have a good argument to not have worn the Virgin Money insignia, since that company also lends out money for profit.

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23 comments so far

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Its a none story. Like you said they all wore virgin money shirts and some of them wore northern rock ones before that.

  • Bambams

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Cant see that happening. ….

    Cisse is well aware that sponsorship is massive in football. Add to that like Ed has said about the previous sponsor Virgin Money.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Some Muslim laws confuse me. You can’t sell a loan, but you are alowed to sell your daughter into a marriage even if she doesn’t want to! By the way i know this to be true, it is not something i am making up.

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4


    I see players are on way out we got no real rumour about anything in. Sad. I cant believe JFK is let anywhere near this club again but then again its NUFC we are talking about.

    Looks like we are already clasping on straws. Matavz I know of him well, Kone, we re really starting to look desperate again. We need another Cisse a player that we wanted and got.

    This smells of another poor transfer season, which might in turn take us down this year. But alas lets not wait to see till the last day of the transfer window. But by then there will be no players to sign.

    Must be honest for the first time I thought Ashley realised he needed to buy early and spend some real dough. Not likely now.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Players in:

    Siem De Jong

    Players out:


    Net spend = £16m

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Team for next season:


    Debuchy Alderweireld Mbiwa Santon

    Ben Arfa Sissoko Zarate

    Siem De Jong

    Benteke Remy

    Second team:


    Raylor Saylor Coloccini Haidara

    Mcmanaman Anita Marveaux Gutierrez

    Cisse Gouffran

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Net spend 16 mill would be more like 30 mill
    Villa want 25 for Benteke alone apart from Cabaye the others aren’t worth 4 mill between them

  • Harley

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8



  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    If we made a bid for Alderweireld, we’d probably sign him. I can’t understand all these negative fans thinking he’s not interested in us. We’re not Sunderland for christ sake.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Cabaye – £25m
    Benteke – £18m
    Gosling – £2m
    Tav – £2m
    Shola – £1m

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11


    Well currently as it stands, Sunderland are showing much more ambition than fat Mike .

  • surreytoon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    It is easy to be black and white about these things and that is a debate in itself but this “interest on loans thing” for the majority of muslim people I suspect is a question of extent. A analogy albeit not exactly the same thing is a vegetarian. They may be willing to wear a Tesco sponsored shirt but not one by the National Association ofWhale Hunting (no they dont exist but you get my point”. Furthermore you would get a lot more criticism from your like minded peers for the latter. Just my take.

  • Joe Blog

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13


    All I’ll say to that is, monotheistic religions aren’t know for their rationale.

    Anyway, Hull City about to sign Charlie Austin for £4.5m – he has a better record in the Championships than Darren Bent ever achieved, is 24, domestic, and would want probably a quarter of the wages Darren Bent demands. Suppose he doesn’t have that wispy tag of being ‘proven’.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew’s rant at the players? Deary me. I bet a lot of them were having quiet words in their own minds at how awful their manager constructs a team and the tactics. Players of that ilk will be able to see right through him like most of the fans can.

    If the tactics, coaching and formations are set up correctly then the effort which they apply should reap rewards. But when there is effort applied and ot still results in the shocking nature of how Pardew makes us approach a game, then it overwhelmingly rests with the manager.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    bents asking price has been dropped to around 5 mill from 8 mill.
    wouldn’t want him as our main striker but a definite upgrade on shola.
    Swansea -michu+bony ?.
    villa- benteke+weissmenn.

    nufc CISSE+?????????????.
    this our biggest problem out of everything than needs to be addressed by the board.take cisse’s 13 goals out of the equation and the goals ratio per player for the rest of the team is very very poor

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Is it ok to kick a ball around the field for obscene amounts of money every week?
    Anyways,I also believe that the squad is pretty strong this season.
    As we all know the attacking options are a weak point and scoring from dead ball situations is a problem,yet we may lose our largest players in Willo and Strolla.
    Pardew could have played Gouffran up with Cisse more often last season or Ben Arfa just behind as he did at the end to give us more bite.
    Sissoko and Cabaye to change places.
    Italy played well in the confederations cup with 5 at the back,using the wing backs really well to help out in midfield and in attack.
    Tom Ince would be a good addition,I believe we should just pay a little over his price to get him in.
    The hoofball we played last year was mainly due to lack of movement from team mates.
    Can’t stand seeing all the other teams around us that usually have no ambition actually buying decent players and progressing and then seeing the lack of activity at our place.
    Hopefully we can get a CB in that can score a few goals,and at least one quality striker along with a winger that can put a ball in the box.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    Markaccus You can also bang your cousins which is a bonus 🙂

  • surreytoon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    On Bent – what good are tap in agents when we couldnt even get the ball in the box for 99% of games last season?

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    They needed a major re-schuffle. We need 6 first team players to take us to the next level. The more striker the better. I bet we only sign one striker right at the end of the window.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Surely better options in the scottish second division…

  • AndyG

    Jul 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    Cant see Cisse having a problem wearing the kit really, after all he is likes the occasional flutter in Aspers which is also allegedly against Muslim law!

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #22

    Ben3arfa // Jul 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Kets @11

    A it stands, Sunderland have brought in more new faces than us. But, they haven’t made any real moves to ship players out.

    Now, what’s the effect on their wage bill and general finances if they trouble getting rid of their surplus players? Not very clever, I’d say.

  • moonraker

    Jul 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Don’t worry, Papiss will wear the shirt; it’s same scenario as Virgin Money and at the end of the day they are all here for the “wonga”


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