We were very surprised to read in the Shields Gazette tonight hat Papiss Cisse’s Newcastle future is said to be in the balance, and there have been other similar headlines over the last week or so.
Papiss Cisse – still in negotiations with Newcastle
Papiss is in dispute with Newcastle over wearing the Wonga insignia on his Newcastle shirt and training gear.
But this is some of what happens when the club sign up with Wonga.com on a four year deal, when the sponsor is hardly a well respected business in the UK, and charge phenomenal interest rates on pay-day loans to the very people who cannot afford them.
Under Sharia law, Muslims must not benefit from lending money to others, so in effect interest is prohibited for Muslims.
In the worst case for Newcastle, Cisse will not wear the Wonga insignia, and will either wear nothing on his shirt and training gear – or Cisse has offered to wear some Charity insignia instead of the Wonga signs.
The news is that Cisse is still talking to Newcastle, and the club is supposed to have met with the PFA today, and we assume that meeting went ahead.
And there is a precedent here, in that Frederic Kanoute, while at Sevilla refused to wear a strip bearing the name of the club sponsor 888.com, a gambling website, and initially Kanoute wore a blank wear the insignia should have been.
But he was then persuaded by his club that by wearing the insignia he wasn’t necessarily supporting betting – and he started to wear the sponsor insignia.
It certainly didn’t end up in Kanoute leaving Sevilla, so we are hoping the news that Cisse’s career at Newcastle is in danger, is simply an over-reach in the press.
Newcastle should be bringing in some new top strikers this summer, and not losing the best striker we have at the moment.
What do you think?
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