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MONEY! MONEY! MONEY!.........but at what price?

yogi bear up the cagire

Life President
May 8, 2008
St Gaudens France
An interesting polemic. In the first instance you have the impression that religious dogma is clouding a players professional duties..........then, when you read further, it's not quite as clear as that. As an ex-pat 'Wonga' doesn't mean that much to me but when you read about the company and how they make their money, I don't think I'd like to have them sponsoring my club. Doesn't seem to worry Mr Ashley, perhaps ethical and moral concerns don't come into his considerations? Wonga are apparently paying Newcastle £8 million for the deal......so that makes it OK then? The fat cats of the Premiership continue to gorge themselves whilst the rest of the football league clubs fight off starvation.......there certainly is a moral there.

Pa**** Cisse pulls out of Newcastle tour after sponsor row

By Ben Smith BBC Sport
Pa**** Cisse has pulled out of Newcastle's pre-season tour to Portugal after refusing to wear club sponsor Wonga's logo on religious grounds.
The Senegal striker, a Muslim, told club officials he was not prepared to promote the money-lending company.
But the 28-year-old did offer to wear an unbranded shirt or one bearing a charity logo instead.
It leaves Cisse's future in doubt, with sources describing the relationship between the parties as "strained".
The Newcastle forward and his representatives have been in talks with club officials and the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) in recent days but neither the club nor their shirt sponsor have been able to find a solution.
Pa**** Cisse factfile

  • Age: 28
  • Nationality: Senegalese
  • Clubs: Douanes Dakar, Metz, Freiburg & Newcastle
  • Newcastle goals: 26

Cisse's Newcastle team-mates Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko are also Muslim, but have told the club they have no issue with wearing the sponsor's logo.
Cisse will continue to train on his own as he attempts to catch up on his fitness after returning later than the majority of the squad following international duty with Senegal.
Both camps are hopeful that a solution can be found, but it seems Cisse is not prepared to move on his position.
In October, high-interest pay-day lender Wonga was announced as the company to take over from Virgin Money as Newcastle's shirt sponsor from the 2013-14 season. It is thought the contract is worth around £8m a year to the club.
Speaking in June, PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes told BBC Sport: "We're all aware that clubs need to generate revenue and sometimes have to use a wide range of companies.
"However, if someone feels very, very strongly that it's not compatible with their beliefs, then some sort of solution should be found."
Cisse joined the Magpies in January 2012 and has scored 26 times in all competitions.