As we told you yesterday, Tiote suddenly died after collapsing whilst training with his current club Beijing Enterprises on Monday, leaving football fans in the UK in a state of shock.
Personalities who knew and worked with Tiote paid their respects on social media, but now supporters want a more concrete tribute to the Ivory Coast international.
Magpies fans have started a petition on Change.org asking the club’s hierarchy to consider retiring the number 24 jersey, which Tiote wore during his six-and-a-half years at St. James’s Park, and has remained vacant ever since he left the club in February.
Nothing will ever stop Tiote’s shocking passing being anything other than a terrible blow but perhaps retiring his old shirt will show how well liked he was.
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