Newcastle United’s controversial shirt sponsor, Wonga, are set to be replaced at the end of this season, reports the Chronicle Live.
The payday loan firm has regularly attracted negative press for their business practices and as a result Newcastle United have been criticised in the past. You would expect Mike Ashley to be bothered by that, his Sports Direct business has been accused of sharp methods over zero hour contracts earlier this year.
It’s rare that I care who sponsors the club and if we’re honest, all businesses which sponsor clubs at this level and higher, have loose ethics but Wonga profited from misery. The first signs the club was having second thoughts came when sponsorless shirts were handed out to kids at a youth tournament. A rare display of social responsibility from the club and welcome it was too.
I, for one, won’t be sorry to see their logo disappear from the front of the shirts at the end of the season.