Newcastle striker, Papiss Cisse is refusing to wear a kit while credit company, Wonga remains the main sponsor. Due to his Islamic beliefs he is forbidden from lending money for interest.
Cisse hasn't trained at all since the rest of his team-mates returned for the start of pre- season; Cisse has also been forced to miss out on Newcastle's pre-season trip to Portugal.
Rumours are going round Tyneside suggesting that Cisse has played his last game for the Magpies.
This isn't going to be great news to the ears of Newcastle fans as Cisse has been their main attacking threat since joining in the January transfer window of the 2011/12 season.
Since moving to Newcastle, Cisse has scored 21 goals in 50 appearances and has been ever present as the leading Newcastle Striker.
PFA chief executive, Gordon Taylor, is still hopeful that a compromise can be reached which will settle the matter with both club and player.
He said when speaking to Sky: "We're working with Newcastle United, Papiss and his advisor to achieve a satisfactory settlement."
"We're consulting experienced people within football used to dealing with equality issues who are Muslims."
It is obvious that the club are trying to work as hard as they can with the PFA to resolve this situation as quickly as possible for the sake of the player and even the fans. The fans will be worrying whether their star striker will have to end up leaving the club because of a reason as controversial as this.
The club and majority of fans should respect Cisse's views and understand his reasoning for not playing, but if it came down to Cisse leaving then Newcastle fans will not be pleased.
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