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No more Wonga for Geordies.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE BY SIMON BIRD

NEWCASTLE are set to ditch controversial shirt sponsor Wonga.

The Championship new boys will not seek to renew their deal with the pay-day loan firm at the end of this season - and are now looking for a new team sponsor.

The famous black-andwhite Toon shirt has carried the Wonga logo for the last three seasons as part of a four-year PS24million package.

But this will end next May at the latest, with the net being spread wide for a fresh corporate deal.

The Magpies distributed shirts to young fans earlier this month without the Wonga logo at a youth tournament organised by the club's Foundation and boss Rafa Benitez.

Wonga's involvement with Newcastle has been condemned by MPs. The firm was accused of using football to target poor fans into taking out highinterest short-term loans. Star striker Papiss Cisse also expressed his concern, initially saying that as a Muslim he would refuse to wear the logo.

Wonga has faced huge scrutiny after becoming associated with Newcastle.

And two years ago, the company was forced to pay PS2.6m to 45,000 borrowers for sending letters from fake law firms to customers in arrears.

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WONG CALL Cisse was no fan of the Toon's sponsors

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2016
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