Papiss Cisse has pulled out of Newcastle pre-season tour of Portugal after objecting to wear the club’s shirt due to their new sponsor Wonga.

The Senegal striker told club officials he was not prepared to promote Wonga which is a money-lending company due to his religious beliefs. However Cisse did offer to wear an unbranded shirt or one branding a charity logo instead but Newcastle refused.

The 28-year-old and his representatives have tried to come to an agreement with club officials and Professional Footballers’ Association but neither Newcastle United nor Wonga have found a solution.

In October, Wonga was announced as the company to take over from Virgin Money as Newcastle's shirt sponsor from the 2013-14 season. It is thought the contract is worth around £8m a year.

Cisse teammates Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko are also Muslim, but have expressed they have no issue with wearing the shirt sponsor’s logo.

Cisse will now train on his own as he attempts to build up his fitness ahead of the new season.


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