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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Cheick Tiote memorial service held in Beijing as former Newcastle United team-mate Papiss Cisse breaks into tears while paying tribute

Tiote died while training with Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, and well wishers were given an opportunity to pay their respects to the midfielder during the Beijing service.

The Ivorian's former Toon team-mate Papiss Cisse was in attendance and couldn't fight back the tears as he paid tribute to Tiote.


Papiss Cisse paid tribute to Cheick Tiote during the latter's memorial service in Beijing
Beijing Enterprises players also showed their emotions during the service for the 30-year-old



The news sent shock-waves around the football world and prompted a tide of tributes, most notably from former managers Steve McClaren and Alan Pardew.
With Tiote's passing coming just little under two months after former Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu died of a cardiac arrest, Andy Cole has questioned whether more could be done to protect players from heart problems.

'If someone is only 30 and they pass away, the question that is naturally going to be asked is 'Why? What's gone on there? Why has he passed away so early?'', Cole told BBC Radio Five Live.


           Tiote's Beijing team-mates bow their head at the star's coffin in a final act of respect

               Well-wishers pay their respects to the coffin draped with a flag of the Ivory Coast

             People raise a poster to remember footballer Cheick Tiote during his memorial service


'It's a strange one. Cheick Tiote hadn't been in China that long - a few months - so he must have had a medical to complete the transfer. Was nothing picked up in that medical?
'Is anything actually being done? Is it being looked into? We need to nail it down and get to the bottom of why and what it is, because it seems to be happening to more and more professional footballers - fit, strong men.'

                   RIP STRONG MAN....... YOU'LL BE GREATLY MISSED


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