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Papiss Cisse Buggers Up ‘Wonga Kit’ Ethics Stance After Being Photographed In Newcastle Casino (Photo)

By Chris Wright


Having steadfastly refused to wear Newcastle United’s new kit because the sponsor clashes with his religious beliefs, Papiss Cisse has gone and undone all his hard moral crusading work by (allegedly at time of writing) being photographed gambling away in a casino in the city.

Cisse stated that he was unable to wear the logo of payday loan vultures Wonga due to the company’s business model contravening his strict Muslim beliefs (charging interest on loans is considered unethical in Muslim circles), with the Senegalese striker pulling out of the club’s pre-season tour of Portugal after being refused permission to play in an unbranded strip.

Sadly for him, gambling is held in similar stead when it comes to the laws of Islam, and a photograph of Cisse frittering away chips at the blackjack table in Newcastle’s Aspers Casino has since emerged online.

The photo dates back to last November, and was taken and posted on Facebook by Newcastle fan Andrew McNally, who told the Chronicle:

“People are going mad and you can see why. 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. It seems to me that he wants a move away because a moneybags club have come in for him in Russia, Anzhi, and he now feels he can make more money there. That is certainly what many of the fans think.”

A spokesperson for Aspers Casino has described Cisse as “an occasional visitor” (apparently he organised a couple of charity events there too) who was “very well behaved and very welcome”, but would not confirm whether or not the striker actually placed any bets.

For what it’s worth, Madou Diene, Cisse’s agent, said: “Papiss Cisse is not a gambler.” Oh well, that’s that then.

How ironic that Cisse’s refusal to wear Wonga’s logo has raised so much interest in him, eh? Using rudimentary mathematics, we’d estimate that the interest in the striker has been raised by about 5,853% since this all blew up last month.

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By Chris on July 24th, 2013 in FAIL, Kits & fashion, Newcastle Utd, Newsnow. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

10 Responses to “Papiss Cisse Buggers Up ‘Wonga Kit’ Ethics Stance After Being Photographed In Newcastle Casino (Photo)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What I don’t understand is why he kicked up a shit storm about Wonga but not Virgin Money??

  2. Peters says:

    He also plays in the BARCLAYS premier league.. Barclays being a financial institution that no doubt also charges interest on its loans, which also has the shoulder patch on every EPL shirt, the one with the lion that says BARCLAYS on it

    This is complete nonsense and I don’t think its right that he can pick and choose which aspect of his religion he wishes to adhere too (as an aside, I think all religion is hooey but I digress), his position is totally undermined and I assume Newcastle can sue him if he decides not to play

    Sell him quickly and move on from this mess and find a striker who actually understands the offside rule

  3. nigel says:

    ‘What I don’t understand is why he kicked up a shit storm about Wonga but not Virgin Money??’

    why? are you thick?

  4. girlball says:

    thats not even cisse on that picture.

  5. […] couldn’t possibly speculate that it was anything to do with the photo of him of frittering away chips at the casino surfacing or not but two days after the image started doing the rounds, Papiss Cisse has backed […]

  6. Anonymous says:

    Apparently I must thick if I thought I could ask an honest question without some spotty keyboard warrior interrupting his 17th wank of the day to dish out abuse

  7. KingB3113 says:

    The sponsors should just let him wear a shirt without the logo. If anything it will just attract more attention to their brand, which is the whole point of this advertising thing.

  8. Anonymous says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    @Anon, it’s the internet. Somehow, somewhere, you’re probably interrupting someone’s wank.

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