Tributes for Tiote as case probed

  • Tributes for Tiote as case probed

Tributes for Tiote as case probed

Former Newcastle United player Cheick Tiote died after collapsing in training in China on Monday.

Cheick Tiote, a Muslim observing Ramadan, had been with the Chinese club Beijing Enterprises since February after ending a six and a half-year stay at St James' Park.

Toon icon Alan Shearer also commented, writing: "Devastating news of the death of Cheick Tiote".

"You come over to Europe and you have everything - you are given everything", Tiote said in a 2011 interview with Newcastle's Evening Chronicle newspaper. Newcastle had been 4-0 down at half-time but had scored there goals in the second-half before Tiote scored with a 25-yard thumping volley after a ball came out of the box and Tiote sent his left foot crashing down on the ball making flawless contact, the game would end 4-4. He also helped his country win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. Rest in peace Cheiky" and "What do I tell our son Cheiky?

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

His reputation as a combative, ball-playing midfielder attracted the attention of Newcastle, for whom he signed in a £3.5-million (S$6.2m) deal in August 2010 - a deal which was extended to 6½ years the following summer.

Tiote left the Magpies during the January transfer window to join Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

"I had the pleasure of signing Cheick in 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed my time working with him at Newcastle; I quickly learned he was a very humble person and a wonderful footballer".

He tweeted to Ba, who had paid one of the first tributes on Twitter, "Is this true because I spoke to him today?"

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

Tiote, who went on to play in two World Cups for his country and become a Premier League regular, claimed he did not even see a pair for five years after taking up the sport. A Newcastle legend taken too soon.