Newcastle United fans are right to look concerned here in the Football Transfer Tavern after the Daily Mail cast further doubt on the futures of one of their key players.
The club have faced a growing backlash over the chosen shirt sponsor for next season – payday lender firm Wonga – and given the religious beliefs of a number of their players that is no shocker.
We have already seen Papiss Cisse threaten to leave the club should he be forced to wear the shirt with the logo on display and now it is claimed that Cheick Tiote is equally unhappy and is currently seeking legal advice over the promotional pictures taken of him wearing the shirt – when he was unaware of what company was on the front and the fact Wonga breach Sharia Law.
As our more savvy punters quip, Virgin Money also breached the law yet the players were happy to wear those shirts, leading to the question of the scenario being employed as an excuse to leave. Should the player refuse to wear the shirt the PFA will back him, claiming: “If someone feels very strongly that it’s not compatible with their beliefs, then some sort of solution should be found.”
In other news for Magpies fans, skipper Fabricio Coloccini has claimed that he will stay at the club for one more year despite still wanting to return to Argentina long-term for ‘family reasons’ and has claimed he is grateful to the club for their support.