Striker Papiss Cisse caused quite the stir when he backed out of the Newcastle pre-season tour due to a dispute over the club's Wonga sponsorship.
Cisse has refused to wear the logo of club sponsors Wonga, because the money lending company's practices violate his Islamic beliefs. However, a recent story broke from the Daily Mail which contradicts the Newcastle striker's refusal to wear the Wonga shirt as it appears that the Senagal international has been caught gambling at a black jack table in Aspers casino.
The recent news broke on twitter as a photo taken by Andrew McNally has been circulating the internet, claiming Cisse had been identified playing at a casino which would be in direct violation of his Muslim beliefs. The same beliefs that caused him to run away from Newcastle's pre-season tour.
McNally claims this is not the first time the 27 year-old striker has been spotted at the casino as he saw the striker there last November when he missed out on the team's trip to a Europa League match. McNally claims several Newcastle fans have confirmed this is not the first time the striker has recognised at the casino and said, ‘Cisse was just placing small bets, £10 or £20 with £5 chips,’
‘A number of fans have said that they have seen him in there. You have to say it does undermine his stance on Wonga.'
Cisse's refusal to budge on his stance seems irrelevant if this story is true as he has completely discredited his argument that Wonga goes against his religious beliefs. This story further adds to rumours that the Cisse row is a ploy to be sold to the mega-rich Russian club Anzhi, who were reportedly interested in him earlier in the summer.
The club and representatives of the player failed to comment on the story thus far, but it would appear that if these claims are confirmed, Cisse's departure from the club will be imminent.