Papiss Cisse future uncertain after pulling out of Newcastle tour over Wonga-branded training gear

The striker will train on his own will the dispute is settled

Papiss Cisse's Newcastle future is in huge doubt after the forward was left out of the club's pre-season trip to Portugal because of his refusal to wear Wonga-branded training gear.

Cisse will instead begin training on his own in private at Newcastle's Benton training ground today in non Wonga branded kit.

The Senegalese striker, a Muslim, has raised an objection on religious and ethical grounds that he would not wear the Wonga branding. Under Sharia Law a Muslim is not allowed to benefit from lending money or receiving money from someone. This means earning interest is not allowed. Wonga's APR is over 4000 per cent.

Cisse had taken his standpoint to Newcastle officials but days of talks have been unable to find a compromise.

Owner Mike Ashley and new sponsors Wonga stood firm on the £24 million deal they agreed in October last year for all players to wear kit branded by the payday lenders.

The compromise so far has been to officially let the 27-year-old, who cost £9 million from Freiburg, remain in the North-east for the following week and train on his own.

However that uneasy truce will be cast into further doubt when Newcastle return from their base in Portugal next Wednesday.

At that point Newcastle seem certain to look for ways to offload the forward, or risk a potentially damaging row with the PFA and the individual rights of one of their players.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew can ill-afford the row over one of the few regular goalscoring forwards at his club.

Shola Ameobi, who did not even travel to Newcastle's first friendly against Motherwell on Tuesday night, has travelled to the camp in Portugal, even though there is a huge question mark over his own future at the club. Ameobi was unhappy at his lack of playing time last season and has been linked with moves to North-east rivals Middlesbrough and Birmingham.

Pardew is keen to bring in the England forward Darren Bent, who has no future at Aston Villa, and he wants at least one more forward as well but the Cisse problem may see him look for further striking options in the summer transfer market.

Newcastle have yet to sign a big name player since Joe Kinnear was controversially appointed as the club's director of football last month.

News
i100 In this video, the late actor Leonard Nimoy explains how he decided to use the gesture for his character
News
Robert De Niro has walked off the set of Edge of Darkness
news The Godfather Part II actor has an estimated wealth of over $200m
Arts and Entertainment
Fearne Cotton is leaving Radio 1 after a decade
radio The popular DJ is leaving for 'family and new adventures'
Sport
Robbie Savage will not face a driving ban
football
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Voices
voices
Life and Style
Nearly half of all young people in middle and high income countries were putting themselves at risk of tinnitus and, in extreme cases, irreversible hearing loss
health Nearly half of all young people in middle and high income countries are at risk of tinnitus
News
It was only when he left his post Tony Blair's director of communications that Alastair Campbell has published books
people The most notorious spin doctor in UK politics has reinvented himself with remarkable success
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Life and Style
fashion
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in ‘I Am Michael’
filmJustin Kelly's latest film tells the story of a man who 'healed' his homosexuality and turned to God
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Public Service Broadcasting are going it alone
music
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower