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Newcastle United officials are confident of resolving a stand-off with Papiss Cisse about the striker's reluctance to wear a strip featuring the logo of new sponsors, Wonga.

However, while there is a desire to respect Cisse's Islamic beliefs, it is extremely unlikely that the Senegal international will be allowed to wear his own customised shirt without any Wonga branding next season.

Cisse's representatives have informed senior Newcastle officials that sharia law forbids the 28-year-old from representing or advertising a loans company.


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