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Ex-Newcastle player Tiote dies after collapsing in training

Ex-Newcastle player Tiote dies after collapsing in training Ex-Newcastle player Tiote dies after collapsing in training
Vera Richards | 08 June, 2017, 00:37

Ivory Coast worldwide Cheick Tiote "suddenly fainted" at training and died later in hospital, his Chinese club said on Tuesday, as tributes flooded in for the player.

Republic defender and Brighton defender Shane Duffy, who underwent life-saving surgery in May 2010 after suffering a lacerated liver in a freak training-ground accident, sent his best wishes to Tiote's friends and family.

He wrote: "Devastated to hear of Cheik Tiote's death".

Tiote started playing soccer on the streets of Abidjan in Ivory Coast at the age of 10.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle said: "Rip tiote thoughts go out to your family".

Tiote's talent was spotted by Anderlecht officials, who signed him in 2005 on a three-year contract.

The football world is in shock following the demise of Ivory Coast National team player Cheick Tiote on Monday 5th June, 2017. "The ball, the kits. you have everything".

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The Ivory Coast worldwide had left Newcastle in February after six and a half seasons with the club.

"Cheick Tiote was a strong, quiet battler in our midfield during his time at FC Twente".

He was also part of the Ivory Coast squad who delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23-year drought.

His reputation as a combative, ball-playing midfielder attracted the attention of Newcastle and he moved to the northeast English club in 2010 for 3.5 million pounds.

He stepped in to captain the club for the first time in 2013, but became increasingly hindered by knee and hamstring injuries, not to mention persistent rumours of interest elsewhere.

Ireland and Brighton defender Shane Duffy claimed the death this week of former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote puts football into perspective.

A general view shows a bouquet of flowers left by Chinese fans of Ivory Coast worldwide and Beijing Enterprises club football player Cheick Tiote, on the field of the National Olympic sport centre stadium in Beijing.

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