Monday, 5 June 2017

Ex Newcastle Star Cheick Tiote Dies, Aged 30

The Ivorian collapsed in training whilst playing for Chinese League One club Beijing Enterprises after suffering a heart attack.
Cheick Tiote, who made 139 League appearances for Newcastle from 2010 to 2017, has died of a heart attack during training, according to reports.

The 30-year-old signed for Chinese Second Division Beijing Enterprises Group FC five months ago.

The Ivory Coast midfielder joined Newcastle from Dutch side FC Twente and scored his only goal in the famous 4-4 draw with Arsenal at St. James’ Park.
Cheick Tiote’s goal against Arsenal capped off one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history

He left earlier this year after only making three appearances in the Championship.
His former club Newcastle have released a short statement that reads: "We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote in China today."

And Tiote’s agent, Emanuele Palladino, said: "It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises.

"We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family's privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers."
Former Newcastle and International teammate Demba Ba appeared to confirm the news when he tweeted “May Allah gives grant [sic] you jannah brother Tiote”.
While Newcastle legend Steve Harper, who played alongside Tiote, tweeted: "Gutted to hear the awful news about my former teammate Cheik Tiote today. Thoughts with his friends and family."
Following his death, a tragic WhatsApp chat emerged where Tiote described himself as being “all good”.

Tiptoe appeared in high spirits as he swapped messages with his friend Yusuf Abubakar Tumi.

In it, he enquired about his pal’s health with the pair laughing together over Tiote’s demand for some free watches.

Hours later, it was announced the Beijing Enterprises midfielder had died after he collapsed in training.

Tiote made his professional debut for Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to FC Twente three years later.

The defensive midfielder then secured a £3.5million switch to Newcastle in 2010.

He remained at the Magpies for seven years - his sole English Premier League goal coming in the 4-4 draw against Arsenal in February 2011.

In 2015 Tiote helped Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations, having made his international debut in 2009.
Cheick Tiote played 52 times for Ivory Coast and helped win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015

Tiote made just 22 appearances of Newcastle's English Premier League relegation campaign in 2015/16.

He remained on the periphery of manager Rafa Benitez's plans at the start of last season and played just three times before heading to China.
Cheick Tiote has moved to the Chinese second division from Newcastle

His last game for the Toon was in a 3-1 win over Birmingham in January.

Tributes from the footballing world have poured in as they come to terms with the shock news.
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin wrote: “RIP Cheick Tiote #LetsChangeTheGame”

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