Muslim footballer on £40,000-a-week may be forced to quit Newcastle because of row over wearing shirt sponsored by payday loan firm Wonga

  • Senegalese Papiss Cisse is refusing to wear shirt with new sponsor
  • Under Sharia law, Muslims must not benefit from lending money
  • Cisse has offered to wear a charity brand instead but club are holding firm
  • Other Muslim players at the club have indicated they have no problem
  • Row has rumbled on for weeks with no end in sight

  • Deadlock: Papiss Cisse has refused to wear Newcastle's new strip sponsored by loans company WongaPapiss Cisse has refused to wear Newcastle's new strip sponsored by loans company Wonga
    Trouble ahead: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must do without Cisse as the row rumbles onTrouble ahead: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must do without Cisse as the row rumbles on

    Muslim footballer Papiss Cisse may be forced to quit Newcastle United because of a row about the club's new sponsorship deal with payday loan firm Wonga.
    The Senegalese striker, who is estimated to earn in the region of £40,000 a week, trained on his own on his return from his summer break last week after refusing to wear the branded training kit, as well as the match day shirt, because it is against his religious beliefs.
    Under some interpretations of Shariaw law, Muslims must not benefit from lending money. Interest is not paid on Islamic bank accounts or added to mortgages.
    Former West Ham striker Frederic Kanoute - also a Muslim - was allowed by Sevilla to wear an unbranded shirt while they were sponsored by gambling company 888.com.
    Newcastle signed a £24million deal with Wonga to replace Virgin Money as Newcastle's sponsors last year.
    The move provoked anger with some fans who were unhappy with the club being sponsored by a company which charges up to 5,853 per cent annual interest on short term loans.
    Cisse has offered to wear charity-branded kit to resolve the dispute but that proposal has so far been rejected. 
    The row has now been rumbling on for a number of weeks leading to speculation that Cisse may even be forced to quit the club.
    Papiss Demba Cisse, pictured in January 2012 before signing for Newcastle United, is refusing to wear the club's sponsor's logo 
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