Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has finally agreed to wear the club’s Wonga-sponsored shirt, despite his religious beliefs – and that’s fantastic news for Newcastle United.
Papiss Cisse - agrees to wear Wonga shirt – great!!
Cisse is a Muslim and did not travel to Portugal for the club’s pre-season tour, because he had not agreed to wear the Wonga insignia on religious grounds, but the good news is he has now agreed to wear the shirt and the training gear.
Under Sharia law Muslims are not allowed to profit from lending out money, and that was the basis for his religious dispute, but our last sponsor was Virgin Money and they do the same thing, loan money out for interest, but Cisse wore the Virgin Money shirt.
And probably the thing that helped sway the Senegal striker, were the recent photographs of him gambling at a Newcastle casino, and of course gambling is against Sharia law too.
And our poll on whether he had damaged his case by his gambling, showed that a high 92% of Newcastle fans thought he had damaged his case against wearing the Wonga shirt – and that may have even helped too, because i shows he was getting precious little support from the fans.
There’s no doubt his stated position eroded quickly once the gambling photos came to light, but hey, we are not going to harp on about it now – we’re just so pleased he’s staying at Newcastle United – because he can be a fantastic striker.
The news has been leaked but is not yet official, but we expect Newcastle to announce the news today.
Now to get Gomis and Remy through the door, to assist Papiss in smashing in those goals for us next season.
It’s over to you Joe Kinnear.
Howay The Lads!!
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.
Please help Ingo by taking the survey here – many thanks.
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