Sunday, June 09, 2013
British Soccer Team Faces Opposition From Player Over Wearing Shirt Advertising Payday Loan Sponsor
According to yesterday's Daily Mail, in Britain the Newcastle United soccer club is facing opposition from one of its star players over wearing a shirt displaying the name of the club's new sponsor, Wonga.com. Senegalese football striker Papiss Cissé, who signed with the Newcastle Club for some £8 million, says it offends his Muslim beliefs to wear shirts advertising the payday loan company that entered a lucrative 4-year deal with Newcastle. Sharia law prohibits Muslims from benefiting through lending money to others. Wonga charges over 4000% interest on its short-term loans. Newcastle's options are allowing Cisse to wear an unbranded shirt during games, or selling Cisse to another team.