Papiss Cisse in casino visit controversy

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Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been criticised for visiting a casino, despite being locked in dispute with the club over another religious issue.

Cisse is currently in dispute with the club as their shirt sponsor Wonga clashes with his Muslim beliefs, and he has refused to join the club on a pre-season trip to Portugal as a result.

The Senegalese international was spotted at the city's Aspers Casino in November by a fan, even though the lending of money and gambling are both considered unethical by Muslims. 

Aspers Casino released a statement that confirmed Cisse was "an occasional visitor" but would not confirm if the star had placed any bets.

Cisse's agent said that his client was not a gambler, however, Newcastle city councillor Dipu Ahad, who had previously defended Cisse's with regards to Wonga, was not so compassionate with the star's latest revelation.  

"I feel absolutely ashamed of what he's done, there's not just me there's been other people who've been supporting him." he told the BBC.

"But what he's done now, seeing him in the casino, even if he wasn't gambling, I think this give a wrong message.

"People will say, 'look this is Islam they can pick and choose whatever they want', and Islam isn't about picking and choosing." Ahad added about the star.

Fan Andrew McNally, who took the photograph of the striker in the casino told the Daily Mirror: "Cisse was just placing small bets, £10 or £20 with £5 chits."

"A number of fans have said that they have seen him in there. You have to say it does undermine his stance on Wonga."

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