Papiss Cisse delighted to have resolved Wonga dispute with Newcastle after 'difficult time'
The striker discussed the problem with his club, his family and Islamic teachers
Tuesday 30 July 2013
Papiss Cisse has admitted his delight at being able to concentrate on football once again after his exile from the Newcastle squad came to an end.
The 28-year-old Senegal international will return to action in tonight's friendly at St Mirren having resolved his differences with the club over shirt sponsors Wonga.
Cisse, who is a Muslim, did not travel to the Magpies' training camp in Portugal after refusing to wear the Wonga shirt or training kit because of his religious beliefs.
Cisse told the club's official website, http://www.nufc.co.uk: "It has been a very difficult time for me and the club, and also for the fans.
"I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks.
"After a huge amount of thought and reflection, I have made the decision to follow my team-mates and wear the kit.
"Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100 per cent on football.
"Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.
"Since then, it has been great to be training with my team-mates again. I feel great and ready to go, and cannot wait to be out there against St Mirren on Tuesday and to play my part for the team."
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie to Lekhwiya: Manchester United striker linked with switch to join Michael Laudrup in Qatar
Sam Allardyce sacked -Newcastle survive - Hull relegated - LIVE: Premier League reaction to Walcott hat-trick, Liverpool defeat, Steven Gerrard goal
Jurgen Klopp favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool if he's sacked
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Sam Allardyce sacked: West Ham wait just a few minutes after final game to axe manager
- 1 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland