• Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote dies at 30

    Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

    Chinese club Beijing Enterprises have confirmed that Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote has passed away at the age of 30.

    Former Newcastle United midfielder passed away after collapsing during a training session for his club Beijing Enterprises.

    The Ivory Coast midfielder made more than 150 appearances between 2010 and 2017 during his seven years at United.

    A statement from Newcastle reads: “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30.”

    “The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team-mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”

    Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez said: “It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.

    “In the all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”

    Take a look at some of the tributes pouring in from his former Newcastle teammates.

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