Papiss Cisse’s personal life has made more headlines since the turn of the year, than his efforts on the pitch.
One newspaper seems to have made it their business to dig into the striker’s private life.
In June The Sun actually put on their front page the story that Papiss Cisse had got married in secret in France, supposedly leaving a number of other women heartbroken because they each thought they the only for him.
Now however, The Sun have dug up further revelations in their latest ‘Exclusive’, claiming that that June 2015 marriage was bigamous because Papiss Cisse was already married, having previously married in 2013 in Senegal. The newspaper stating that the law in Senegal means that when marrying for the first time, a man must choose between Monogamy and Polygymy.
The Sun stating that Cisse registered for a monogymous marriage and that he is still married now without a divorce, meaning that he has broken the law in both France and Senegal with the June 2015 wedding, with bigamy carrying a maximum 12 month prison sentence in both countries.
It gets worse though, with further claims that the woman who Papiss Cisse married in 2013 already has a son (now aged 13) to him, and that the son’s birthdate allegedly proves that the mother was only 13 when conceiving, with Cisse 16 (when his then girlfriend became pregnant) at the time.
However, it is reported to be too late for any charges to be brought in Senegal as there is a three year time limit after any alleged offence for cases of underage sex. The story further claiming that Cisse and his wife then lied on later documents to make it appear that she had been over the legal age of 16.
For the football club, the player’s private life is of course his own – unless it starts also infringing on the football side of things.
Obviously this kind of story is manna from heaven for the tabloids but the last thing Newcastle United need in their pre season.
Whether any legal action ends up being taken remains to be seen but to stand a chance of getting back on an even keel, Newcastle need as few negative distractions as possible.
I have little doubt that if Newcastle land a credible goalscorer then they will be happy to sell Papiss Cisse and these type of headlines must pretty much guarantee that United will now be trying that little bit harder.