Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been racially abused by a group calling itself the 'Newcastle - English Defence League', reports the Telegraph.

Members of the Facebook group attacked Cisse after he stated he would not be willing to wear the club's new shirt. Next season's shirt sponsorship deal is with internet loan company Wonga.

The striker is refusing to wear the shirt on the basis that Muslims are prevented from benefiting from the lending of money under Shira Law.

Newcastle have admitted they're confused with Cisse's stance after he was happy to wear the shirt last season which featured sponsors Virgin Money, a bank that also makes money from loans, as well as mortgages and overdraft charges.

The club have reported the abuse to Northumbria Police who are attempted to track down the guilty people.

"We have been made aware of abusive comments made on Facebook,” said Northumbria Chief Supt Dianne Winship. “Northumbria Police take all reports of abuse very seriously and enquiries are being conducted."

It is the second time in two months the 28-year old has been racially abused on a social network site.

In April, he was attacked by an extremist American website and the Twitter account of his girlfriend was hacked to spread racist material. 


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