Newcastle stars will refuse to wear Wonga shirt


Newcastle United are facing a backlash from three of their stars because of the sponsorship of their shirts next season being a money-lending website according to the Daily Mail.

The Magpies are set to be sponsored by 'Wonga' next season and they will have the logo of the company printed on the front of their shirt, something not appreciated by three Muslim Newcastle players.

Pappiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa are all against wearing the shirt next season as it doesn't bode well with their religion and beliefs.

It is under the Sharia law that Muslims are not allowed to benefit from loaning money or receiving money from another person.

Striker Cisse is currently practising Muslim and he has already aired his issues with the sponsorship, telling the club that he doesn't want to wear a shirt that advertises a money lending company.

Wonga is one of a number of ‘pay-day loan companies’ that have been criticised for extorting people in desperate situations.

It hasn't been revealed what the club will do in order to keep their three star players happy, but a situation like this has arisen before in football.

Ex-Tottenham striker Frederick Kanoute once refused to wear the Sevilla shirt which was sponsored by 888 betting.

The Malian international refused to promote the gambling site by wearing it during his matches, so instead he wore un-branded kits so that he didn't take part in the promotion.

The striker eventually wore the logo in training and then in future he wore the shirt with the sponsors on.

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