Emotional scenes in Beijing, as a memorial service was held for Cheick Tiote.

Papiss Cisse was just one of many former teammates who attended the ceremony, along with officials and players from Beijing Enterprises FC.

Tuesday’s memorial service was held before the body of the former Newcastle star is flown back home to the Ivory Coast where a private funeral service will take place.

One-time Newcastle teammate Cisse was in tears as he led prayers for Cheick Tiote.

Tiote’s family and agent Emanuele Palladino were also in attendance today.

Fans also gathered outside where the memorial service was being held, keen to pay their respects to a player who tragically died at the age of only 30, after collapsing during a training session on Monday 5 June.

Former Newcastle striker Andy Cole has spoken about the tragic loss to BBC Radio 5 Live and has questioned how somebody so young and fit has been cut down in their prime:

“If someone is only 30 and they pass away, the question that is naturally going to be asked is Why? What’s gone on there? Why has he passed away so early?

“It is a strange one as Cheick Tiote hadn’t been in China that long, only a few months (since February), so he must have had a medical to complete the transfer.

“Was nothing picked up in the medical?

“Is anything actually being done? Is it being looked into?

“We need to nail it down and get to the bottom of why, and what it is, because it seems to be happening to more and more professional footballers , to fit, strong men.”

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I doubt a Newcastle United representative was present, but there should have been

    • Clarko

      More unwarranted negativity.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        no just the facts, idiot

        • Clarko

          The only reason you visit this site is to spout absolute dross about Newcastle United, all you do is complain about the club, in every article I come down to the comments to find a negative, uninformed comment about the club, you’re an utter blockhead.

          • Mark Davies

            Dont worry about the Mackem Moose mate. He has been outed many times on here and the chron as either a mackem or just an ill educated keyboard warrior. Changes his name now and again when he’s found out. Best to just ignore the clown.

            I still laugh as the pathetic little runt calling St James, sid james in the same way the mackems do. Not worth your time bothering with him.