It’s clear there has so far been no resolution on the Wonga controversy surrounding Newcastle’s number 9 Papiss Cisse, and his unwillingness to wear the Wonga insignia on his Newcastle strip.
Papiss Cisse – problem not resolved with Wonga
And news today in the Evening Chronicle that Newcastle officials will be meeting with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) in a bid to resolve the problem.
And since Derek LLambias has left Newcastle, we suppose this is being handled by Secretary Lee Charnley.
Newcastle are said to be meeting with the PFA today, and Bobby Barnes of the PFA has already said last month that they would support the player, so we suppose the meeting would be about what Cisse wears – if it’s not going to be the Wonga shirt.
Apparently Cisse had talks with Wonga as soon as he arrived back to pre-season training last Friday, and it turns out he did not train alone, but worked with both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy of part of their planned training.
The Daily Mirror suggested on Saturday Cisse was being told to train alone because he wouldn’t wear the Wonga shirt, but that was always unlikely to be true, and was probably a weak attempt to stir controversy at Newcastle – so what’s new?
This is what Barnes had said last month:
“We’re all aware that clubs need to generate revenue and sometimes have to use a wide range of companies.” “However, if someone feels very, very strongly that it’s not compatible with their beliefs, then some sort of solution should be found.”
“He’s been fantastic player at Newcastle; I’d like to think they would want to do as much as they could do for him to continue scoring the goals without compromising his beliefs.”
Whether you agree or disagree with Cisse’s views on Wonga, he has every right not to wear the Wonga insignia for religious reasons.
We suppose this all has to be sorted out before the game on Saturday in Portugal against Rio Ave, which could be the first time we see Cisse make an appearance for Newcastle in the new Newcastle Wonga shirt – or not in the new Newcastle Wonga shirt.
We would expect there would be some resolution on this before Saturday, and of course the side leaves for Portugal on Wednesday, after the first pre-season friendly game at Motherwell on Tuesday evening.
And we see no way that Cisse would be leaving the club because of this issue, it will be resolved one way on another, and sooner rather than later.
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org