Newcastle navigate Wonga controversy

Newcastle United’s Muslim players are happy to play with the club's sponsor Wonga across their shirts.

Newcastle United’s muslims players are happy to play with the club's sponsor Wonga across their shirts.

The Mail on Sunday says Papiss Cisse has refused to wear the shirt on religious grounds and the club feared that others would follow suit.

But yesterday some of the Magpies' other practising Muslims, including Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, were pictured wearing training shirts with the Wonga logo.

Newcastle announced a £24million, four-year deal with lender Wonga last year. Under Sharia law, Muslims must not benefit from lending money.

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