Once we saw photos of Papiss Cisse in the Aspers Casino in Newcastle, we thought the case he has against Wonga for not wanting to wear the insignia because of religious reasons related to his Muslim faith – would be badly damaged.
Papiss Cisse – his case against Wonga undermined by his gambling
And to get the views of Newcastle fans we put up a poll this morning, and at the moment t 92% of fans think he has undermined his case against Wonga.
Here are the poll results so far, and please vote if you haven’t already done so, since we want as wide a cross-section of fans as possible voting – and it’s democratic with one vote per reader.
A spokesman at Aspers has said that Cisse as “an occasional visitor” who was “very well-behaved and very welcome”, but would not confirm whether or not he placed any bets at the casino – but the very fact he frequents the casino undermines his case, whether he bet on the tables or not.
Cisse’s being asked to wear the Wonga shirt – but by wearing the shirt it doesn’t say he agrees with what Wonga are doing with their pay-day loan business.
The other thing we keep bringing up is he wore the Virgin Money sign on his shirt last season, and that company is similar to Wonga in that they gain money (interest) from lending money – and that’s against Sharia law – so why wasn’t that a problem with Virgin Money?
Cisse seen at the gambling tables
We just hope that some solution can be found to the impasse, and we certainly don’t want to lose the Senegal striker.
What do you think?
Comments welcome, but please keep them civil.
NOTE: We are trying to help Ingo Hagemann who is an International student at Northumbria University studying for an MSc in Sports Marketing, and he’s doing a survey as part of his Masters dissertation. The survey is on the controversial sponsorship between Wonga and Newcastle and it takes only five to ten minutes to complete.
There were some problems earlier today with getting to the site, but all is OK now – please help Info by taking the survey here – many thanks.
And it looks there is some unrest in the Newcastle camp – as depicted by the photo below.
We’re just kidding – and it was a photo sent in by reader Colin Davidson – looks like Colo is asking Joe to sign some strikers soon – or else.
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