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Friday 19 September 2014

Yaya and Kolo Toure to stay in Brazil despite the death of their brother Ibrahim

Martyn Ziegler

Published 21/06/2014 | 13:51

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Ibrahim Toure from Lebanon's Safa takes part in a soccer match in Beirut October 10, 2013. Ibrahim, the younger brother of the Ivory Coast pair Kolo and Yaya Toure, has died in Manchester aged 28, a statement from the Ivorian Football Federation said on June 20, 2014. There were no further official details of the circumstances surrounding the death of Ibrahim, who was also a professional footballer, but media reports said he died after a short battle with cancer.  Picture taken October 10, 2013.  REUTERS/Talal Salman (LEBANON - Tags: SPORT SOCCER OBITUARY)
Ibrahim Toure

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.

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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.

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