As some of you regular readers may recall, I posted this blog a few days ago, asking readers for their views on 1. The Yohan Cabaye transfer situation and 2. Wonga’s sponsorship of Newcastle United now that the season has started.
I compiled the results into two seprate pieces for my blog on metro.co.uk and though the first one on Cabaye was published on there, the second one on Wonga was “rejected due to unsuitable content.” So, I am publishing it on here for your delectation and delight!
Hello and welcome to the third blog here on metro.co.uk where I take a look at what Magpies fans are thinking about the burning issues of the day at Newcastle United. In this one I take a look at what my fellow fans are thinking about the club’s latest shirt sponsors, the
controversial payday loan sharks perfectly respectable ‘Digital Finance Company,’ Wonga.
As with the last one about the current Yohan Cabaye controversy, I published a blog on my own site requesting 50-60 word comments from readers on giving their thoughts. As space is tight though, I won’t waste any more space with my own waffle except to say that the comments have been arranged to gradually move through the spectrum of opinion from one extreme to another, so here goes!
“Why do people care about Wonga being immoral? – The bigger banks who sponsor other teams get no negative press yet they cripple the worlds economy. Alcohol and gambling companies also sponsor plenty of teams and both can cause addiction and other things” - Steve.
“Football has become thirdly a sport, secondly entertainment, and first of all about business. Ashley got the best financial deal he could find, get used to it.” - Paul in Hollywood.
“Two despicable organisations, WONGA and Sports Direct, birds of a feather that presently have control of both Newcastle United and the local press. Not a good situation.” - Chuck.
“The whole situation is a con and I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Less money, Virgin given no chance to bid, stadium name shenanigans – something doesn’t smell right. Maybe Ashley just likes dealing with shysters.” - Tunyc.
“I normally buy the new strips but haven’t bothered this season ’cause no way am I advertising a company that brings so much misery to people’s lives and no sporting club should ever promote a company like Wonga. Its a disgrace.” - Phil D.
“Don’t get me started! A despicable organisation that feeds off human misery and I’m ashamed to have them associated with my club.” - Simmo.
“No matter how many half time competitions Wonga run, they are still a toxic association that makes me ashamed to be a fan of my beloved Toon. It will take a long time to wipe the stain from the club.” - Pete Toon.
“Ashley & Wonga, Rose & Fred West, Myra Hindley & Ian Brady. Get the picture?” - Joe Hawkins.
If any of you have any further thoughts, please feel free to add them below.
Well, that was the blog, but on the same topic, I have also posted a new poll (below) asking the question “Do you think that Wonga’s sponsorship of Newcastle United is damaging the club’s image?” It would be great if you could participate and give us your vote!
My latest metro.co.uk blog.Continuing the Metro theme, though not the Wonga one, my latest blog did manage to get past the censors at Daily Mail towers and was published. As you can see below, the title is fairly self explanatory: