Some worrying news today that Papiss Cisse has been left out of the Newcastle United squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Portugal, and the squad left today without the Senegal striker.
Papiss Cisse – refusing to wear the Wonga insignia
Here is the 23 man squad that traveled to Portugal today, and it included Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul, but James Tavernier and Conor Newton didn’t make the squad:
Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Fabricio Coloccini, Mathieu Debuchy, Paul Dummett, Rob Elliot, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Tim Krul, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
We had hoped that Papiss would have worked out the problem of him not wanting to wear the Wonga logo on his training shirt and Newcastle strip, but that hasn’t happened, and we suppose there is still no solution to this problem.
It seems the number 9 at Newcastle is still unwilling to wear a Wonga shirt, and it’s based on religious grounds, with Cisse being a Muslim.
And the reason is that Sharia law does not allow any gain from lending out money, but surely our last sponsor Virgin Money did exactly the same thing, so it’s difficult to understand why that wasn’t a problem to the Senegal International.
But this is now starting to hurt Newcastle’s preparation for the upcoming season, because Cisse will miss the two games in Portugal, and we’re not sure what happens now.
Newcastle can always drop back to having Cisse wear a shirt without the Wonga sign, but the Wonga company themselves may be objecting to this, because Cisse wears the iconic number 9 shirt at Newcastle.
Cisse is willing to wear an unbranded shirt, or one bearing the logo of a charity, so that seems to be the best solution, if Cisse holds out and refuses to wear the Wonga insignia.
It’s not the best solution, but it’s a lot better than losing the best strikers Newcastle have at the moment, but unfortunately, this is what can happen when you allow a company with a very bad name in the UK, to become your shirt sponsor.
Other clubs, like Bolton as one example, pulled out of wearing shirts from companies who their fans objected to, in Bolton’s case it was pay-day lender pay-day loan company Quickquid.
But that was not the case at Newcastle, and the club are now seeing some of the repercussions of this, and it’s not only from the fans, but also from one of our best players.
We just hope this thing can be solved without it getting any worse than it is right now.
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