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Newcastle striker reverses refusal to wear Wonga logo

Papiss Cisse pictured wearing last season's Newcastle short which was sponsored by Virgin Money. Credit: PA

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has agreed to wear the logo of sponsor Wonga on his shirt.

The 28-year-old Muslim had refused to display the pay-day loan company's branding on his kit because earning interest is forbidden by Islamic Law.

However, after several weeks of delicate negotiations, the Senegal international and the club have now found a solution and the player, who missed the club's pre-season training camp in Portugal as a result of his stance, will return to the fold.


Church say Durham influenced Archbishop's lending battle

The Church of England's Head of Mission and Public Affairs says the time the Archbishop of Canterbury spent in cities including Durham has influenced his decision to tackle pay-day loans companies.

Rev Dr Malcolm Brown said: "This is a man who has worked in a lot of major cities in the country - Coventry, Liverpool, Durham.

"He wasn't in Durham very long but he found out a great deal about it and that's been a major factor in the way he's approached the whole question of finance, banking and the way people work with money."

Wonga respond to Archbishop announcement

Wonga has responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury's claims that the Church of England plans to go head-to-head with pay-day lenders.

Errol Damelin, founder and Chief Executive of Wonga, said:

"The Archbishop is an exceptional individual, with our discussions ranging from the future of banking and financial services to the emerging digital society. On his ideas for competing with us, Wonga welcomes competition from any quarter that gives the consumer greater choice in effectively managing their financial affairs”

– Errol Damelin, founder and Chief Executive of Wonga

Ex-oil executive Archbishop was on banking commission

  • The Most Rev Justin Welby read law and history at Trinity College, Cambridge and began his career in the oil industry based in Paris and London, where he worked on West African - mainly Nigerian - and North Sea projects.
  • He became a group treasurer in a company called Enterprise Oil, before resigning in 1987 after 11 years in the industry to train for the Anglican priesthood.
  • He has also served on the parliamentary Banking Standards Commission.

Read: Former oil executive Justin Welby heard 'God calling'



Politicians voice support for payday lending alternative

Conservative politicians have been voicing their support of the Archbishop of Canterbury's plans to provide an alternative to payday lending, on Twitter.


I approve of @abcjustin's free-market approach to loan sharks. Don't preach at them; offer more attractive competition.


Justin Welby right that best way to deal with rip-off loans is to offer an attractive but responsible alternative, #creditunions


Archbishop Welby has a point going after the so called legitimate loansharks aka payday lenders such as Wonga. Their rates are rapacious!


Wonga chief: 'I'm all for better consumer choice'

The Archbishop is clearly an exceptional individual and someone who understands the power of innovation.

We discussed the future of banking and financial services, as well as our emerging digital society. There is mutual respect, some differing opinions and a meeting of minds on many big issues.

On the competition point, we always welcome fresh approaches that give people a fuller set of alternatives to solve their financial challenges. I'm all for better consumer choice.

– Errol Damelin, chief executive of Wonga

What are credit unions?

  • Credit unions are small non-profit financial organisations set up by members with something in common to benefit their community.
  • That common factor may be living in the same town, working in the same industry (for example, the Police Credit Union) or belonging to a particular trade union.
  • Roughly 500 credit unions cover the UK offering loans, savings and current accounts to their members. A few even offer mortgages. Almost a million Brits are members.



Welby's plan to 'compete' Wonga out of existence

The Archbishop of Canterbury has told Wonga the Church of England wants to "compete" it out of existence as part of its plans to expand credit unions as an alternative to payday lenders.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, who has served on the parliamentary Banking Standards Commission, plans to:

  • Expand credit unions
  • Encourage church members with relevant skills to volunteer at credit unions
  • Invite local lenders to use church buildings and other community locations with the help of church members

The Archbishop's remarks come after he launched a new credit union for clergy and church staff earlier this month at the General Synod in York.

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