Newcastle striker, Papiss Cisse, has agreed with his club that he will wear the new shirt, despite him originally protesting against it due to the new sponsor, Wonga, having their logo on the shirt. Wonga is a money loaning business and Papiss Cisse admitted that he was going to refuse to wear the shirt as the company clashes with Cisse’s religious beliefs as he is a Muslim. Nevertheless, he has now sorted out the problem with Newcastle and will wear the shirt, which is sponsored by the money lending company, in the new season.
The Senegal striker did not fly out to Portugal with his team-mates for training ahead of the pre-season tour matches. Meanwhile, Papiss Cisse has been training in England on his own whilst his team and their manager, Alan Pardew, have been training in Portugal. However, now the Newcastle squad will return to England to train ahead of the upcoming friendly match against Blackpool. In the pre-match build-up, this clash has been called the ‘Wonga Derby’ as both of the teams are now sponsored by the money loaning company for the upcoming season.
One of the biggest reasons that Papiss Cisse has finally agreed to wearing the shirt with Wonga on, could be down to the fact that a picture went viral around the internet of the Senegal striker, gambling at a blackjack table in a casino in Newcastle. The reason Cisse refused to wear the Wonga sponsored shirt was down to his religious beliefs; however gambling is also strongly against his Muslim beliefs, so there is no doubt that the picture meant that Cisse had to fold and wear the Wonga shirt.
Getting Papiss Cisse back into the squad will be glorious news to Alan Pardew who has been missing his star striker. However, Papiss Cisse could face some tough competition if Pardew signs the Aston Villa forward, Darren Bent, who has expressed his feelings towards leaving the West Midlands side and going to the Toon. On the other hand, it could be a massive joy for the Senegal striker if Pardew changes the formation and doesn’t play Cisse as a lone striker, but instead he could team up with Bent, for what would surely be a deadly partnership.
Papiss Cisse joined Newcastle in January 2012 and has scored 26 times in all competitions for the club, including scoring a goal of the season last season in his debut season. Yet, would this Wonga incident damage his popularity with the fans considering fellow Muslim and Newcastle player, Moussa Sissoko, happily wore the Wonga sponsored shirt. Hopefully for the Senegal striker, the Newcastle fans will simply overlook the drama that has been caused as he prays to be warmly welcomed back to St James’ Park next season.
Author Daniel Foster.
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