Former Newcastle United player dies in training in China

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

The Beijing Enterprise Group FC (BG) confirmed the death of Tiote on its official Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter. In its statement, the club said that the 30-year-old midfielder passed out during training at around 6pm.

Despite being taken immediately to a local hospital, he died one hour later. The reason for Tiote’s sudden death remains unknown for now.

After spending nearly seven years with Newcastle United, Tiote joined China league one club BG  on February 7. Until now, he had played 11 matches with no goals for the club in this season.

“Tiote is a very important player on my team. As the new foreign player, he has made great contributions to the team,” said the BG manager Gao Hongbo at a press conference.

As a Cote d’Ivoire international, Tiote played 55 matches with one goal for his country since 2009. He also helped his country win the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 and participated in the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups.

Football clubs and players around the world have been paying their respects to Tiote, including his former club Newcastle United. “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote in China today. #NUFC,” said the club on Twitter.

FIFA also wrote on its Twitter account: “Our sincere condolences to the family, friends and team-mates of Cheick Tiote, who passed away today in China, aged just 30. Rest in Peace.”

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