Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse will play tonight at St. Mirren, and he has revealed he consulted Islamic teachers before deciding the wear the Wonga sign on his Newcastle shirt and training gear this season.
Papiss Cisse greets Yohan Cabaye wearing Wonga training kit
Cisse missed the Portugal training camp a couple of weeks ago, which really brought attention to his refusal to wear the Wonga sign on his shirt, but then last Thursday he finally agreed to wear the shirt.
Papiss has given an exclusive interview on the Newcastle web-site today, and the 28 year-old had this to say:
“I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection I have made the decision to follow my teammates and wear the kit.
“Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100% on football.” “Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.”
“Since then it has been great to be training with my teammates again. I feel great and ready to go, and cannot wait to be out there against St. Mirren on Tuesday and to play my part for the team.”
The probable truth about him finally agreeing to wear Wonga was when photos of him surfaced apparently betting at a Newcastle casino, and that blew up his case, and shortly after that he agreed to wear the Wonga shirt.
And in our poll, a vast majority of Newcastle fans thought he had undermined his case by visiting Aspers Casino in Newcastle – because betting is also against Sharia law.
But that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now - it’s over with – and we are looking forward to seeing Papiss Cisse smash in those great goals for Newcastle, hopefully starting tonight at St. Mirren.
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