Cheick Tiote agent asks for respect for family as investigations continue
Cheick Tiote's agent has asked for respect for the player's bereaved family as investigations into the cause of his death continue.
Tiote collapsed and died during a training session with his club, Beijing Enterprises, last week. He was 30.
On Tuesday a memorial service was held in China, where his former Newcastle teammate Papiss Cisse led the tributes.
Tiote's body is now due to be flown back to Ivory Coast, where a private funeral will take place.
His agent Emanuele Palladino issued a statement to Press Association Sport requesting consideration for the family as they await official confirmation of the cause of death of the former Anderlecht, FC Twente and Newcastle midfielder.
"There is increasing speculation regarding the circumstances and reasons behind Cheick Tiote's death, with many inaccuracies being printed in the press on this subject,'' the statement said.
"This has been upsetting for Cheick's family and all parties involved at what is already a difficult time.
"We appreciate Cheick was a much-loved personality. His club Beijing Enterprises are being co-operative at this time, and when we have official information surrounding his death we will give a statement on behalf of his family.
"Until then we cannot comment further, however we thank you for all your continued support and well wishes."