Newcastle’s Senegal International Papiss Cisse is back in Toon today, and we’ll soon know if he will wear the WONGA insignia on his training gear and on his Newcastle strip this coming season.
Papiss Cisse – I just scored the winner in injury time!
Apparently Papiss is one of the players who have said they are not happy to wear the WONGA insignia because of religious reasons, and if he refused to wear the insignia it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened in the Premier League.
Fredric Kanoute, the former striker at West Ham, refused to wear the logo for gambling site 888.com on his shirt, and there was an agreement reached that he didn’t have to wear the logo.
The difficulty is that under Sharia law, Muslims cannot benefit from either lending money or receiving money from another person, and Muslims basically don’t believe in interest and making money from money, as people do in the Western world.
But we don’t see much difference at all with the last sponsors of Newcastle United’s shirts – Virgin Money – since they do the same thing – they loan money for gain.
Of course Virgin Money is a much more respected company than WONGA , but the only difference is that WONGA customers tend to have bad credit and they get charged absurdly high interest rates.
Papiss is due back today, and we should know the answer to all of this within a couple of hours.
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