Tearful Papiss Cisse leads memorial service for Cheick Tiote in China before Ivorian’s body is transported home
Papiss Cisse fought tears as he spoke about his friend and former Newcastle United team-mate Cheick Tiote during a memorial service in Beijing on Tuesday.
Tiote’s Beijing Enterprises team-mates paid their respects on Tuesday to the Ivory Coast star, who died in hospital last week after collapsing during a training session.
The 30-year-old’s family had also flown to China after Tiote’s tragic death and attended the ceremony.
They will accompany his body back to the Ivory Coast on Wednesday, where a private funeral service will be held for family, including 50 brothers and sisters, and friends.
Senegal star Cisse and Brazilian Gervinho, who plays for Hebei China Fortune, joined the Beijing Enterprise players for an emotional tribute, along with his agent Emanuele Palladino.
Fans also paid their respects outside the memorial venue, with an impressive R.I.P banner showing Tiote in a range of kits from his colourful career.
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