There have been reports that Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has received racist abuse from the Newcastle – English Defense League on Facebook.
Papiss Cisse - receives racial abuse
Papiss Cisse is a Muslim and all the news this week has been about the failure of the player, Newcastle United and Wonga to reach some agreement, after Cisse has refused to wear the Wonga logo because of his religious beliefs.
We thought a solution may have been that Cisse would wear a plain Newcastle shirt, but it seems Wonga has an agreement with Newcastle, according to the local Newcastle press, that all players must wear the Wonga insignia.
The news being reported is that the EDL (English Defense League) members have been sending the player some abuse on Facebook, and the Northumbria police are launching an investigation.
Chief Superintendent Dianne Winship had this to say:
“We have been made aware of abusive comments made on Facebook.” “Northumbria Police take all reports of abuse very seriously and inquiries are being conducted.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card said
“This shows what some people who associate themselves with the EDL really think. As an organisation the EDL claim to be against fundamentalists.”
“In reality, it is all too common to see racist behaviors online from people who identify themselves as EDL supporters and at their demonstrations, directed at Muslims and Islam as a whole.”
“The dispute between Cisse and NUFC has nothing to do with fundamentalism. It is about an individual’s right to their beliefs. Yet the members of this Facebook group think that warrants racist abuse.”
“We would encourage everyone to look behind the EDL’s rhetoric. It is good news that Northumbria Police are trying to identify the perpetrators of this abuse.”
Racial abuse is never good, and we hope this situation can be quickly contained, and Cisse has every legal right to refuse to wear the Wonga insignia for religious reasons, whether people agree with that or not.
The expressions of hate never did anyone any good, so again we hope this thing can be nipped in the bud.
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