Cheick Tiote body flown to Abidjan 

Cheick Tiote’s body has been flown back to Ivory Coast where a private funeral for the Beijing Enterprises midfielder will take place.

Hundreds of people, including former Elephants coach Herve Renard, were at Abidjan’s international airport to receive Tiote’s body on Thursday.

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, Celtic defender Kolo Toure and ex-Arsenal forward Gervinho were also among the crowd.

Toure described the former Newcastle United midfielder as “a great player, a warrior” and said he was “shocked” by his death.

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