Newcastle FC's Papiss Cisse changes tune as striker backs down on Wonga shirt boycott
Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse is said to have revised his interpretation of his religion to don a Wonga branded shirt - after being threatened with the sack.
Cisse had vowed never to wear the controversial sponsor’s shirts on the grounds that charging interest on debts ran contrary to Islam, although this moral stance was subsequently undermined somewhat when he was pictured gambling in a local casino.
Following extensive talks with the Professional Footballers Association and Muslim clerics though Cisse is expected to train with his team for the first time since the row broke.
PPA deputy chief exec Bobby Barnes said: ““We are pleased that talks are progressing and we’ve always been hopeful that a compromise would be reached that would suit both sides.
“We have consulted many people from the Muslim community and Muslim footballers to try to gain a better understanding of the situation and, fingers crossed, we hope to have the matter settled amicably soon.”