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Football world pours tributes to Cheik Tiote

Tributes have been pouring to Ivory Coast and former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote after his sudden death at the age of 30.

The Ivory Coast international suffered a heart attack during a training session with Chinese club Beijing Enterprise on Monday. It has also emerged that the partner of the father of three is expecting a baby in the coming weeks.

Alan Pardew managed Tiote for four years, and he said: ‘From the moment I arrived at Newcastle, Cheick was a wonderful presence around the dressing room and his performances on the field often defied belief.

‘None of us will ever forget that incredible day when we came from 4-0 down to draw an unbelievable game against Arsenal, with Cheick’s incredible goal in the final moments one of the iconic moments in Premier League history.

‘I loved him. Life is not fair sometimes and I will remember Cheick Tiote as a giant of a midfielder who I loved to managed. Rest in peace my friend.’

Tributes on social media
Newcastle United football club tweeted “We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tioté in China today”. #NUFC

We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tioté in China today. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/PCrIEUyugv

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 5, 2017

 Ivory Coast team mate and Mancheter City midfieder Yaya Toure wrote on twitter “My brother Chiek. I cannot believe you are gone. I will never forget you”.

My brother Chiek. I cannot believe you are gone. I will never forget you. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/Ab1Q9VyWly

— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) June 5, 2017

 Former Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul posted: ” Deeply sad to hear the news about Cheick.. One of my favourite teammates.. My thoughts are with his family”.

Deeply sad to hear the news about Cheick.. One of my favourite teammates.. My thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/FvS6TdDctP

— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) June 5, 2017

 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who played with Tiote at Anderlecht, tweeted: “I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tioté was one of the nicest and toughest teammates I have ever had. Rest in peace brother.”

I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tioté was one of the nicest and toughest teammates I have ever had. Rest in peace brother.

— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) June 5, 2017

 Papiss Cisse, who played with Tiote from 2012-2014 at Newcastle, tweeted:”Goodnight brother, You will be missed. My heart goes out to his family. Gone too soon.”

Goodnight brother, You will be missed. My heart goes out to his family. Gone too soon #RIPcheiktiote

— Papiss Demba Cisse (@CissePapiss) June 5, 2017

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