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Is Cisse’s Wonga ‘Row’ Just An Excuse For Mischief?

8 years ago
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I read this morning the latest nonsense surrounding Papiss Cisse and the Wonga logo on shirt alleged deispute.

This is how The Mag covered the latest development/spin earlier;

There had been reports/rumours/muckraking over recent weeks that the striker was going to refuse to wear the Wonga logo on his shirt because of the extortionate interest rates that the moneylender charges.

Now it is claimed by The Mirror that when  Cisse turned up to train on Saturday, he was forced to work alone in the gym due to the dispute/stand-off.

Over the summer I haven’t seen one quote from Papiss Cisse on the matter, so we are reliant on what the newspapers have said and hearsay.

Similarly, there has been no official statement by the club regarding whether Cisse did train alone yesterday and if that is indeed the case, whether there is a simple/innocent explanation for him not publicly training with the other players.


Now I don’t claim to have any inside track on this saga but I am entitled, just like the newspapers, to do my own bit of guesswork.

I have thought it all very strange that throughout the summer there hasn’t been one quote from Cisse (either way) and yet the story has been repackaged a number of times in recent weeks. It all seems very strange, especially when Newcastle has another ‘moneylender’ on their shirts in Virgin, a company whose interest rates may not be as high as Wonga’s but whose business practices a strict Muslim wouldn’t be able to accept if they felt strongly about interest being charged.

My best two guesses (of many) now are either what I’ve thought along and this is just a cynical PR stunt by Wonga to keep their name in the headlines, on the line of thought that all publicity is good publicity, which I believe it would be in their case as the moneylender’s end user isn’t thinking about the interest rates or the ethics of the subject, as and when they may need to take out a loan at such massive interest rates.

The alternative guess I’ve come up with is that this Wonga row is possibly a lever simply to get Cisse out of he club to the highest buyer, as his face possibly doesn’t fit and/or it is the only way there will be a decent kitty to spend on players.

I agree that these theories may all sound very bizarre but I would argue they are just as bizarre as claiming the player is refusing to wear one moneylender’s shirt despite happily wearing another’s.

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