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Cheick Tiote’s memorial to be held in Beijing

A memorial service will be held at Chinese club Beijing Enterprises on Tuesday for former Newcastle United player Cheick Tiote.

On Wednesday, Cheick will be flown back home to the Ivory Coast.

Tiote, who was 30, collapsed and died during training in China last week.

A statement said: “Tiote’s family will be there with his team-mates past and present. On Wednesday, Cheick will be flown back home to the Ivory Coast.”

In his seven years at Newcastle the Ivory Coast midfielder played over 150 games, including three last season.

It is understood that Tiote’s Ivory Coast team-mate’s Papiss Cisse and Gervinho – both of whom are currently at clubs in China – will attend the service.

In his seven years at United the Ivory Coast player made over 150 appearances, including three last season.

He joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle in February.

Born in the Ivory Coast, Tiote was part of the Ivorian squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

He began his professional career in Belgium with Anderlecht in 2005 before moving to Dutch side FC Twente, where he made 86 appearances and won the Eredivisie league title in the 2009-10 season under manager Steve McClaren.

Tiote, a defensive midfielder, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m.

In February 2011, he scored a memorable goal as Newcastle United came back from 4-0 down to draw with Arsenal in the Premier League.

He joined Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee in February 2017.

 

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