Papiss Cisse Back Today – Will He Wear Wonga?


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 fulham

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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15 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes, Yes he will. Nowt to see here. Media stirring did it’s job. Would not be surprised if it was started by someone with connections to Wonga. The publicity received from this non story was huge, and in the loan shark business all publicity is good publicity.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Does it bloody matter.
    I could not give a toss if he does or doesn’t – stick to your principles Cisse
    To him it would be like me wearing a Mackem shirt – Would never, never, never wear a Mackem top

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #3

    While other mediocre clubs are buying Bony and Wanyama,here we are talking about if our only striker will actually wear the jersey!
    Frustrating to say the least.
    Think we’re in for Heskey,Carlton Cole and Francis Jeffers 😉
    Here’s crossing the fingers

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  • one Tony Green

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed he has already said he will wear it. You that short for an article

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Emille Heskey and Franny Jeffers have both played for our namesake down under, which is Australia’s second oldest city and has many of the same place names, Wallsend etc. and some of best coastline and surfing in the world and better fish and chips.

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Of course he will.

    Sharia law differentiates significantly throughout the Muslim community. Standard UK bank accounts arent allowed in some sections, along woth mortgages.

    The Muslim objection to financial gain is they aren’t allowed to make financial profit off of anything they do.

    Cisse’s job is to play for this team. Whatever kit he is told to wear. So yes, he WILL wear shirt. His girlfriend Rachael has confirmed this.

    Pretty pointless journalism and simply an attempt to ruffle some feathers.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #7

    @4. How about you start your own blog and write us all an article about how Cisse will wear it? Are you that stuck for people to talk to that you need to put a pointless dig at Ed for putting up a speculative article – you do know he isn’t a journalist?

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  • sirtoongospel

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Actually he hasn’t said anything. Not a word. And if the press did their homework, they would find out that the main issues are what Papiss is obligated to do with wonga on a commercial level. All players are expected to do their fair share, which isn’t great for the Muslim boys. But Papiss should be given the opportunity to speak for himself, which he can do now he is back.

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  • foggonridiculous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Ed’s flagging up a Mirror piece about this.

    wibbl wobbly web
    mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/newcastles-wonga-sponsorship-papiss-cisse-2045225

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  • toon kk

    Jul 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Im sure all of our players will wear it with pride!!!!!!!!!!

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  • nut meg

    Jul 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    In my opion if NUFC’s official strip in a tu tu with frilly undercrackers he would have to wear it.Players don’t dictate what they wear the club doe’s.A non event move on.

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  • nut meg

    Jul 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Torq, Any news on the technical adviser ? I think it’s a great idea,do you think Pards & co would buy into that idea or would it be forced onto them.

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  • torbaytoon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #13

    dailyfail saying that Cisse will ‘offer to wear a charity-branded Newcastle shirt to end his dispute over the club’s sponsorship deal’

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  • Aturnbull

    Jul 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #14

    Who cares if he does or doesn’t have the logo. The name on the crest is more important than the name on the front.

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  • thepict

    Jul 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #15

    @14, exactly. Personally don’t care who sponsors the club.

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