Moments From Memorial Service Held For Cheick Tiote By Teammates In China (Photos)

Moments From Memorial Service Held For Cheick Tiote By Teammates In China (Photos)

Moments From Memorial Service Held For Cheick Tiote By Teammates In China (Photos)

Memorial service for Cheick Tiote has been held in Beijing
following his tragic cardiac arrest last week.

The former Newcastle star, who was just 30, collapsed during
training for Chinese second division side Beijing Enterprises
last week and died after being rushed to hospital.

Beijing Enterprises players bow their heads in tribute to
former team-mate Cheick Tiote Tributes flooded in from his
former team-mates, celebrities and and football supporters
following the terrible news. Keep up to date with ALL the
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And in the Chinese capital, his Beijing Enterprises team-
mates stood around a coffin draped in the flag of the Ivory
Coast with their heads bowed in respect, before his body was
flown back to his native Ivory Coast.

Tears were shed by family and friends at the emotional service
for the father of three, who played over 100 games in the
Premier League for the Toon before moving to Asia. Tiote was
just 30 when he tragically passed away from a cardiac arrest
last week Many of these players surrounded Tiote – who was
reportedly expecting a fourth child – and tried to assist with
the first-aid efforts to revive him at the training complex.

One of those present, defender Jin Hui, wrote in a post on
social media platform WeChat Moments: “He just collapsed
right in front of me. I still cannot believe this.” The service
was attended by a tearful Papiss Cisse, a former team-mate
at Newcastle who currently plays his football in China for
Shandong Luneng.

Other former team-mates flew out following his death last
Monday, as did his agent Emanuele Palladino. Family
members of Tiote in tears after his untimely passing Fans
outside carried a banner saying “RIP” with Tiote’s face and
chanted his name, while soldiers saluted the fallen footballer.

Last week members of an official fan club visited the Beijing
side’s stadium to lay flowers on the pitch in a brief ceremony.

Tiote only moved to China in February having left Newcastle,
playing a handful of games. “We are in pain and very, very sad
to see him die at such a young age. There would definitely be
a silent tribute.”

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