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Cisse resolves shirt dispute - report

July 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has resolved his dispute with the club over their sponsorship deal with a loan company.

Papiss Cisse
GettyImagesCisse had trained alone during the dispute.

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The Senegal international, a practising Muslim, had refused to wear shirts or any elements of kit branded with the Wonga.com logo because of his faith. He had offered to wear an unbranded shirt, or one promoting a charity, in order to avoid going against sharia law.

The 28-year-old missed the club's recent tour of Portugal, instead staying in the UK and training on his own in the North-East.

However, the Newcastle Evening Chronicle reports that after talks involving the player, Newcastle and the Professional Footballers' Association, Cisse had agreed to wear the same branded kit as the rest of his team-mates for the forthcoming season.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told Sky Sports on Wednesday: "We're working with Newcastle United, Papiss and his advisor to achieve a satisfactory settlement.

“We're consulting experienced people within football, used to dealing with equality issues, who are Muslims."

Earlier in the week, a photograph had emerged of Cisse at a poker table in a Newcastle casino, which led to him being criticised by local councillor Dipu Ahad.

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