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Chieck Tiote will wear Wonga shirt

Tiote happy to wear Wonga sponsored shirt (©GettyImages)
Tiote happy to wear Wonga sponsored shirt (©GettyImages).

Newcastle United midfielder Chieck Tiote will wear the new Newcastle United shirt next season, despite it being sponsored by pay-day loan company Wonga.com. 

Media reports had suggested that Tiote, a devout Muslim, wouldn't be prepared to wear the shirt because of his beliefs that making money from others' downfall is wrong. 

This could have infringed the Muslim Sharia law, but reports from the North East have indicated that Tiote will in-fact wear the shirt next season. 

But there are other Muslim members of the Newcastle squad that may not be as willing as Tiote to accept the new sponsorship deal. Winger Hatem Ben Arfa and striker Papiss Cisse have both expressed their upset at Newcastle agreeing to the deal, with the club yet to discuss the problem with these players. 

Senegalese striker Cisse was due on international duty at the end of the Premier League campaign, whilst Hatem Ben Arfa was on holiday, meaning that Newcastle representatives were not able to discuss the deal with these players. But with Newcastle's pre-season programme beginning next week, manager Alan Pardew will hope to sit down with Islamic members of the squad and discuss the deal further. 

Newcastle's agreement with Wonga has been criticised by the media and by civic leaders due to the massive inflation rates that people pay following the taking out of small loans. 

 

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