Former Newcastle teammate Papiss Cisse leads tributes for Cheick Tiote at China memorial


A memorial service was held on Wednesday in China for Cheick Tiote, a little over a week after the passing of the former Newcastle United player.

Tiote collapsed during a training session on 5 June and tragically lost his life.

Leading the tributes at the service was former Newcastle teammate Papiss Cisse, who was in tears.

“I lived some extraordinary moments with this man and today he is gone,” Cisse said.

“He was like a brother. We shared a lot in life. His family was my family,” the Shandong Lueng player added.

Players from Tiote’s most recent club, Beijing Enterprises, a Chinese second-tier side, were also in attendance.


A massive banner reading “Merci Champion” was on display in Ivory Coast’s recent 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.

Tiote will be forever remembered for his incredible volley for Newcastle in their 4-4 draw with Arsenal in 2011, which secured one of the greatest comebacks in English football history.

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