A Newcastle Mosque Reveals The Late Cheick Tiote Was A Devout Muslim

Shane Duffy had life-saving surgery after lacerating his liver in 2010

Shane Duffy had life-saving surgery after lacerating his liver in 2010

At Beijing FC, he quickly became an integral part of the team, featuring in all 11 games the club played in this season.

Tiote's remarkable trajectory took him into a Champions League debut the following year, but injuries hampered his progress and he was farmed out for a loan spell at Roda JC in Holland.

"There would definitely be a silent tribute, and we could stand up holding his picture or his shirt at the 24th minute and chant "Tiote", said Chen, adding that further details are still being discussed.

Tiote, a defensive midfielder, then signed for Newcastle in 2010 for £3.5m.

"It was his dream to play in China and I was so delighted for him when it happened", said McClaren.

Tiote, who made more than 150 appearances in seven seasons at Newcastle, was an African Nations Cup victor with the Ivorians in 2015, although he missed the final through injury, and he also played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. He was a warrior and could play too. 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.

"Beijing Enterprises football club expresses its deep sorrow and profound condolences for Mr Tioté's untimely death".

Republic defender and Brighton defender Shane Duffy, who underwent life-saving surgery in May 2010 after suffering a lacerated liver in a freak training-ground accident, sent his best wishes to Tiote's friends and family.

"I remember when he came and we had to calm him down a lot of times in training, he was so competitive".

Tiote was four months into a new career at Bejiing Enterprises when his death was announced on Monday by agent Emanuele Palladino.

Ireland and Brighton defender Shane Duffy claimed the death this week of former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote puts football into perspective. My heart goes out to his family. "Rest in peace brother".

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