Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been discovered giving blessings and reciting sections of the Torah at a local synagogue.
The devout Muslim was seen entering the Graham Park Road Synagogue in the city, where he exchanged greetings with local Rabbi, Dr. Robert Ash, before settling down to his recitals, rendered in the original Hebrew.
It is the latest scandal to hit the player, who had initially refused to wear the Newcastle strip which advertised credit loan company, Wonga.
Cisse had claimed that his Muslim faith conflicted with the role companies such as Wonga play in society.
But, while his religion forbids gambling and financial exploitation, Cisse’s commitment to the faith was called into question when pictures surfaced of him playing blackjack in a casino.
When asked for a comment, Cisse’s spokesperson would only reiterate that the player and the club had reached a settlement with regards to shirt sponsorhip.
“Papa will continue to turn out for Newcastle United,” said the spokesman.
“Whilst he may not agree with the terms and implications of credit loan companies, he recognises that he can, as a local celebrity, use the platform afforded him to raise objections.”
When pressed on whether this latest compromise represents a disavowal of his previous claim to be a devout Muslim, Cisse’s spokesman added, “not at all; Papa is first and foremost a practising Muslim.”