Ivory Coast Statement Confirms Death of Ibrahim Toure, Brother of Yaya and Kolo

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014

Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure, left,  greet each other as Didier Drogba watches before the group C World Cup soccer match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
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Updates from Saturday, June 21

The Manchester Evening News has the latest on the Toure brothers:

Yaya and Kolo Toure have decided to stay with the Ivory Coast squad in Brazil following the death of their brother, a team spokesman has confirmed.

Ibrahim Toure, a 28-year-old player with the Lebanon-based Al Safa, died in Manchester on Thursday. He had been suffering from cancer.

Reports had claimed the brothers would leave Brazil to be with their family, but a team spokesman said that they would remain at the World Cup.

A spokesman for the Ivorian Football Federation told Press Association Sport: "The Toure brothers, Kolo and Yaya, have decided to stay with the team. They are not leaving Brazil."

Kolo Toure thanked fans for their support on his official Twitter feed.

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The Ivory Coast Football Association has confirmed that Yaya and Kolo Toure have suffered the death of their brother Ibrahim, who died in Manchester on Thursday.

The Ivorian FA issued a statement in regards to the news of his passing, offering support to the Toure family.

The statement read, per Harry Sherlock of Goal.com:

Kolo and Yaya Toure just heard about the death of their young brother, Toure Oyala Ibrahim. The entire Ivorian delegation want to show their support to the players.

The football Ivory Coast federation president (FIF) and the Executive Committee announced to the entire family of Ivorian football the death of Toure Oyala Ibrahim, the younger brother of Toure Kolo Abib and Toure Yaya Gnegneri, which happened on the 19th of June in Manchester (England).

In such a sad situation, the players from the Ivory Coast national team, and the entire delegation here in Brazil, show their support to the Toure brothers and their whole family. The president of Football Ivory Coast Federation and the Executive Committee ask Ivorians for their prayers.

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Ibrahim Toure was also a professional footballer. The 28-year-old had played for Egypt's Misr El-Maqasah and Lebanese side Al Safa as a striker. 

Toure also played in Ukraine, Syria and France but never represented Ivory Coast during his career. 

Condolences for the Toure family have already begun, with TalkSport's Ian Abrahams and Liverpool responding to the news of the death.

They tweeted:

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Both Yaya and Kolo Toure are currently representing the Ivory Coast at the World Cup. Yaya featured for the whole 90 minutes of his nation's first match of the competition, ending in a 2-1 victory for his team over Japan.

They then fell to a defeat on Thursday as they were beaten by a much fancied Colombia in Brasilia, losing the game 2-1. News of Ibrahim's death came just a few hours later.

Kolo Toure was an unused substitute for both matches.

The two results leave Ivory Coast in second place in Group C with their final match of the stage coming against Greece on June 24.

However, with this tragic news, all thoughts are currently with the Toure family. 

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