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Now What Happens With Papiss Cisse?

5:14 pm, Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

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.

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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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Tags: Newcastle News · Other News · Papiss Cisse · Pre-season · Premier League

53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 colwell // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Glad to see our only striker is getting a good pre-season.

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM


    There’s nothing about his agent on either the BBC site of Sky Sports mate.

  • 3 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    no haidara or bigi on pre season either

  • 4 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    JFK- deal very much alive and almost complete mare

  • 5 toon22 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    They will sell him and bring in two young French CD.

  • 6 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    From my understanding cisse is due to meet up with squad on sat , Media hyping this story up

  • 7 NUFCarter // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Ha its not exactly a tour we play two portugeuse teams dont we?

  • 8 toon22 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Yet another story that makes us look like an utter joke.It might have been Lambazies fault but MA has shit for brains if he couldnt see this coming.

  • 9 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Danno – I’m not in the habit of doubting you mate. I enjoy your posts and your insight.

    How can you be so sure? Pards said we haven’t bid for anybody. Does Remy want to come to us? Given what happened in January?

    Sorry for all the questions.

  • 10 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Danno – Thats what I feel. Until I read anything official, I won’t believe a thing David Craig or anybody else say.

  • 11 gonz // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM


    Don’t believe the tripe the media are trying to sell you, IT SELLS PAPERS AND THAT IS ALL!!!

    Cisse hasn’t been made to train on his own because of the Wonga sponsor. He’s fasting. It isn’t a coincidence the other muslim players: Bigi, Haidarra, Abeid aren’t on the plane to Portugal. They are doing the right thing by staying in Newcastle and building up their fitness whilst fasting.


  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    No offense mate but from your understanding from the club you have got exactly zero right so far…..

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    My info came from Sage, ad he is usually reliable. I think it was on SSN so I have no way of verifying it from here!

    Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Also just confirmed the story on sky sports.

    Cisse refused to wear the kit due to his Muslim beliefs. Newcastle will make no statement as a sensitive issue.

    His agent said he wasn’t allowed but he club say he refused to travel.

    Very good on him. Bolton fans objected and their club cancelled a wonga deal….need more like cisse

  • 14 lukes26 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Not too worried about this.

    Wonga dont want this type of publicity.

    Theyll back down or end their contract by mutual consent. Every time this story comes up, they come off as being immoral; because they are.

  • 15 Rotonda heights // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Old Lambeezee sure left a trail of the brown stuff.

    Wonga, handing out 8 year deals like confetti etc, etc

  • 16 GeordieDan // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM


    Yeah the media have just ran out of other rubbish to write about us since JFKs been gagged so this was bound to fill the column inches.

    Shame we haven’t done ANYTHING positive for them to mention in between the lies and damned lies.

    I hope your source is right mate (on transfers as well as Cisse going on Saturday) because we’re all barely hanging on to our sanity at the minute.

  • 17 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Gonz – I am in complete agreement mate.

    People zip into panic mode so easily on this place.

  • 18 Noah Another Ameobi // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    maybe cisse is staying in newcastle because it will be easier to communicate with the pfa to get the problem sorted out and it also might upset the other players in portugal if he’s upset

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Is it also a coincidence that during fasting they all went on last seasons trip? And that fellow muslims Tiote, Ben Arfa and Sissoko have gone?

    Why would he fly out on Saturday? Given the first game is then, so he wouldn’t be involved, he will probably train on Monday, maybe play Tuesday, and then fly back.

  • 20 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    If this is true and Cisse refuses to wear the Wonga shirt, then I respect the man even more, since he is standing firm, rather then caving in to money and pressure.

    It would be best if both he and the club can resolve the issue as soon as possible and if it means selling Cisse, so be it. Better to do it now when we have time, then later when we may not have time to bring in a replacement.

  • 21 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    JFK, geordiedan- signings will come chaps, Remy will sign . Pards just talking down transfers to keep media attention off there business.

  • 22 croftus5678 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM


    ty buddy i personally dont think there is a problem at all

    and him staying out of friendlys aint a bad thing as goofy gets his chance up front and so far is doing a great job of it.

  • 23 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM


    exactly right it was the same thing with ba when he came to us during ramadan he didnt look anything special after the fasting was over he lit up the prem 🙂

  • 24 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    please god! get rid of this guy!! I will give you a pound! if you make this come true!! 🙂

  • 25 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Lilongwe- Cisse ain’t fit enough for the first game anyway. Maybe weeks training on own will do him good

  • 26 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM


    Not everything is a conspiracy.

  • 27 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Wonga don’t want this type of publicity? Why not? If you are on the bones of your arse and need to get cash asap from somewhere, you aren’t exactly looking for a company with a great name, you just pick one you have heard of.

    Their requirement for publicity is merely a brand awareness type, not a positive or negative. All publicity is good publicity!

  • 28 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    feed him to a pig feeding gangster!

  • 29 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    I would ditch Bongo Bank – Parasites.
    Give them the money back even it means we are not able to buy someone.
    Hate the Barstewards

  • 30 thepict // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Seems to me that he is trying to engineer a move. Fair enough , we might actually get a striker that knows the offside rule.

  • 31 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    we need to sell all our players.. and open a new macro on the st james park site so I can buy a new microwave to eat microchips.. I cant handle any more nail biting!

  • 32 gonz // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Watch and see Cisse come August 19th will be wearing the NUFC kit with Wonga on the front. I for one will be glad to have him wearing it this season as well.

  • 33 Sazzer // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I with Gonz. Ed should make a Ramadan headline spin on this news.

  • 34 moonraker // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I doubt there’s any truth in this but, if there is just get rid and sign someone else ffs. He’s not exactly pulling up trees is he and I am fed up with all the speculation.

    The most frustrating thing for me is the total lack of communication from within the club apart from Pards who obviously hasn’t got a clue what’s going on and I notice he’s now talking about “one” striker not “two”.

    God I’m fed up with this lot and the annoying thing is we have the makings of a good squad 🙁

  • 35 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    only if doc brown lived with me so I could go back to 1995 and relive the champions league years for over 8-9 years.. cant handle the crap the club gives me anymore id rather just close the shop.. and start supporting Sheffield Wednesday or a team with similar colours lol

  • 36 toonluvva // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I believe that Cisse is merely using the Wonga deal as a means to getting out of the club. Who blames him given our apparent lack of ambition for the future. He has seen other clubs making positive moves to strengthen their squads whilst we seem to be sitting on our hands.

    At this rate of inaction, we’ll start next season missing Krul, Cabaye and Cisse. I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it, under our current management our flair players will want to leave, but the dross will just be happy to keep picking up their wages.

    Getting rid of Lambeezy was a small step forward, but I really want to see the back of Pardew and now JoKe.

  • 37 Versace101 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM


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  • 40 DevonToon // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    So what we think of the new home kit, im glad they did the wonga in black + white. I think the kit looks mint

  • 41 Chrism // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    even as a joke encitement to murder is criminal offence that carries a life sentence. Bloggers can be traced,be careful bonnie lad.

  • 42 lesh // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Could it be that Cisse feels he couldn’t give 1355% for the club?


  • 43 lesh // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    We need another striker or two why just work on the premix that he’s leaving and buy as though we’re buying a replacement?

  • 44 Billythefish // Jul 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Support the team, not the regime.

  • 45 kev // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    So as a Muslim he wouldn’t want to play in the champions league because of Heineken? Won’t play in the Budweiser FA cup, Wouldn’t have worn a Newcastle Brown Ale shirt in the good old days? Wouldn’t go with a haram white girl either? Erm wait a moment…

    It’s all bollocks, if he doesn’t like sponsorship he should quit football, not just Newcastle, get rid.

  • 46 Toon Goose // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Do not bite the hand that feeds you mate…!

    Shape up – or ship out. He is average, at best, anyway.

  • 47 lesh // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM


    Calm yourself down and knock the caps off.

    You’re working yourself into a right little tizzy and you know you’ll have trouble sleeping when your mammy puts you to bed. And that’ll be without a story too!

  • 48 BarcelonaMag // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Gonz (above):

    Bigi isn’t a muslim; he’s a devout Christian.

  • 49 roe997 // Jul 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    From what i know bigi isnt muslim

  • 50 dcbashore // Jul 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    As the others said, Bigirimana is a professing Christian.

    As to this, assuming the Wonga issue in fact does exist, I think Cisse’s engineering a move.

  • 51 RobinRamone // Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Did he not wear a virgin shirt? They do banking and lend money. He is attention seeking and a hipocrite.

  • 52 savio // Jul 18, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    I dont think we should blame the management here…they got the best deal there…cisse is the person to blame here if there is any truth in this story…he is trying for a move…i dont think that the sharia law states about any interest rates in it…so virgin money and wonga are all same for muslims….cisse is just making an issue for a move…and just think what will be the influence on other muslim players in our club if we allow cisse to wear a blank jersey….even they will start creating issues…and we have lots of 1st teamers like ben arfa,tiote,sissoko whom are muslims….i think the club have taken a good stand here by not taking this stand…i would ot be that sad if cisse leaves….if it was cisse who left jan and if ba was there with us,we would have been a top 10 for sure..the overall play of ba is far far better than cisse…cisse does score some spectacular goals…but he misses some really easy ones…the only problem being we should then go for 3 new strikers…maybe we can go for ba ,remy and austin…

  • 53 magpiedom // Jul 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    It’s hypocrisy. People who can’t work out if they can afford a loan or not are total morons. There are no hidden terms or conditions. It’s all up front.

    You borrow X
    You repay Y by date Z
    If you fail to this, the consequences are ABC

    Naive if you think Virgin is any different. It’s people not being able to work things out for themselves – bully for them.

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