(London Telegraph) Newcastle United’s Muslim players have been warned that wearing the club’s shirt with the logo of new sponsors Wonga on the front could infringe Sharia law.

The Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) intervention is the latest batch of criticism the club has received since signing a four-year £24 million sponsorship deal with the short-term loan company on Tuesday that will also see the club’s ground revert to its long-standing title of St James’ Park.

There is nothing illegal about Wonga’s enterprise, but the firm’s charge of 4,214 per cent APR on its internet-based payday loans has been criticised by local MPs, consumer groups and trade unions.

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