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Police probe Cisse Facebook abuse

ESPN staff
June 14, 2013
Papiss Cisse has come under fire on Facebook © Getty Images

Police are aware of an online attack of a reported racist nature against Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse.

The 28-year-old Senegal international came under fire on Facebook after reportedly objecting to the club's new shirt sponsorship deal with internet loan company Wonga.

As follower of Muslim belief, Cisse is prevented by Sharia Law from benefiting from the lending of money, a stance that was met by racist remarks on the social network medium.

"We have been made aware of abusive comments made on Facebook," said Northumbria Chief Supt Dianne Winship.

"Northumbria Police take all reports of abuse very seriously and enquiries are being conducted."

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