[Papiss Demba Cissé wore Newcastle United’s Wonga-sponsored shirt for the first time on July 30]
By Elham Asaad Buaras
Muslim footballer Papiss Demba Cisse donned Newcastle United’s controversial Wonga strip for the first time in a friendly match on July 30.
The 28-year-old striker had earlier broken his silence in his row over the club’s new sponsor, revealing he consulted Islamic teachers before deciding to pull on the team’s new shirt.
Last month The Muslim News reported how the Senegalese star had been at loggerheads with his club over the deal with payday loan company Wonga, which the striker said conflicted with his Muslim beliefs.
Cisse, who missed the club’s training camp in Portugal over the row, now insists he is now ready to concentrate on his game. “I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks,” he said.
“After a huge amount of thought and reflection I have made the decision to follow my teammates and wear the kit.”
Cisse’s climb-down came days after a Newcastle fan circulated a photo on the internet of the player allegedly gambling in a casino.