Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse says that he is now ready to focus “100% on football” and put the recent rift surrounding his reluctance to wear the Wonga logo on the club’s shirt behind him, according to BBC
The Muslim striker had stated that he was unprepared promote the money lending company. But Cisse will now wear the logo and says that the matter is resolved, with the forward set to play in a pre-season friendly at St Mirren on Tuesday.
Cisse joined the Magpies in 2011 and has made 50 league appearances in his first two seasons at the club. But Newcastle’s choice of shirt sponsor, thought to be worth £8m a year for the club, led to Cisse becoming the only member of the playing squad to object on religious grounds.
However, after discussions with family and Islamic teachers, the 28-year-old, who has scored 26 times for Toon in all competitions, is now willing to wear the club strip and continue preparations for the season ahead with the rest of the squad.
“I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks,” he said. “After a huge amount of thought and reflection, I have made the decision to follow my teammates and wear the kit.”
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