Yaya and Kolo Toure to stay in Brazil despite the death of their brother Ibrahim
Published 21/06/2014 | 13:51
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."
Ivory Coast face Greece in Fortaleza on Tuesday and a win will see them qualify for the last 16.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure played in the 2-1 defeat against Colombia, while Liverpool defender Kolo Toure was an unused substitute.