Football : Cheick Tioté, former Newcastle and Ivory Coast midfielder, dies aged 30

Football : Cheick Tioté, former Newcastle and Ivory Coast midfielder, dies aged 30

The former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tioté has died after reportedly suffering a heart attack while training with his club in China.

The Ivory Coast international joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Enterprises in January having spent seven years at St James’s Park. The 30-year-old was reported to have collapsed at the training ground on Monday and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A statement from Beijing Enterprises added: “During a routine training session at 6pm today, Ivory Coast player Cheik Tioté suddenly fainted and the club immediately rushed him to hospital, but unfortunately efforts to save him failed and he passed away at 7pm. The player’s relatives have been informed. Beijing Enterprises football club expresses its deep sorrow and profound condolences for Mr Tiote’s untimely death.”

Tioté began his career in his homeland with FC Bibo before moving to Anderlecht as a teenager. He also played under Steve McClaren at FC Twente in the Netherlands before joining Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m, going on to make more than 150 appearances. Among the highlights of the tough tackling midfielder’s career at St James’ Park was the equaliser in a 4-4 draw against Arsenal in 2011 when Alan Pardew’s side battled back from 4-0 down to snatch a point.

Tioté also won 52 caps for Ivory Coast and played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

A statement from the PFA read: “Desperately sad news that Cheick Tioté has passed away, aged just 30. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and former teammates.”

Article by The Guardian