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Newcastle Director Derek Llambias Optimistic Over Club's Financial Future
Published October 11, 2012
MUSLIMS CONSIDER BOYCOTT: The London DAILY MAIL reported that Newcastle now faces "a tricky situation" with several of its senior players. Under Sharia law, Muslims "must not benefit from either lending money or receiving money from another person -- meaning that interest is prohibited." Interest is not paid on Islamic bank accounts or added to mortgages. Players Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Hatem Ben Arfa are all "practising Muslims." They may "follow the stance" of former La Liga Sevilla FC striker Freddie Kanoute, who refused to wear the logo of gambling website 888.com on his shirt because of "his religious beliefs" (DAILY MAIL, 10/10).