We thought Papiss Cisse had every right to refuse to wear the Wonga insignia on his Newcastle shirt, because it was based on religious grounds and Cisse is a Muslim, and Sharia law forbids anybody to make a profit by lending out money – and Wonga makes big profits as a pay-day lender.
Papiss Cisse - gambling at a Newcastle Casino
But there has been a photo doing the rounds this week showing Cisse gambling in a Casino, and that’s also against Sharia law.
Cisse’s agent Madou Diene, supports the player’s stance refusing to wear the shirt and had this to say to CNN on Sunday:
“He feels that it is immoral.”
And Diene said that Cisse was not a gambler, but that doesn’t seem to be too accurate.
The photo was taken in Aspers Casino in Newcastle, and a spokesman says 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.
Newcastle City Councillor Dipu Ahad is a Muslim who had agreed with Cisse’s position on Wonga, but he has changed his mind after seeing the photo.
“I feel absolutely ashamed of what he’s done, there’s not just me there’s been other people who’ve been supporting him.” “But what he’s done now, seeing him in the casino, even if he wasn’t gambling, I think this gives a wrong message.
“People will say, ‘look, this is Islam they can pick and choose whatever they want’, and Islam isn’t about picking and choosing.”
It seems to us that Cisse seen gambling on a regular basis has completely undermined the religious position he is taking against Wonga, especially when he agreed to wear the Newcastle shirt with the Virgin Money logo on it – and Virgin also make profits from lending out money.
What do you think?
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