Cisse and Newcastle reach compromise after shirt sponsor standoff

Papiss Cisse will wear the Newcastle shirt bearing the name of a payday loan company next season after the two sides reached a compromise, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Cisse initially refused to carry the company’s logo on religious and moral grounds due to his Muslim beliefs, staying behind from the club’s tour of Portugal after the matter couldn’t be resolved in time for the 28-year-old to travel with his teammates. An Imam was brought in to speak with Cisse over his concerns and help find a way for the striker to continue playing for the Magpies.

The deal between the sponsor and Newcastle means the name of the company must be carried on the players’ training kit as well as the match-day shirt and the players’ attire when travelling to away matches.

Cisse was nevertheless praised for his stance after widespread criticism of such companies that offer interest rates of over 5,000%. Newcastle receive around £8m per year from the sponsorship, while Cisse was criticised for not appearing to raise an objection to a similar sponsor last year, and for being pictured gambling at a casino while the dispute was on-going.

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