Dark clouds gathered over the football world on Monday with the tragic news that Cheick Tiote had passed away after collapsing during a training session.
The Beijing Enterprises midfielder was just 30, leaving a sport in mourning as it tried to digest the tragedy.
And clubs and players joined to pay their respect to the former Newcastle United man, who will be sorely missed.
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) 5 de junio de 2017
may Allah gives grant you jannah brother Tiote — Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) 5 de junio de 2017
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) 5 de junio de 2017
Really sad and shocked to hear the death of Cheick Tiote ... RIP — Anthony Knockaert (@AKnockaert) 5 de junio de 2017
Awful news about Cheick Tiote. Our thoughts are with his family at what must be a very difficult time. — Right to Dream (@right2dream) 5 de junio de 2017
Rest in peace, Cheick Tioté. An incredible competitor taken far too soon. pic.twitter.com/tMkyzc4OlE— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 5 de junio de 2017
We are saddened to hear of the sudden, tragic passing of Cheick Tioté and would like to express our condolences to his friends and family. — Manchester City (@ManCity) 5 de junio de 2017
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