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

Martyn Ziegler

Published 21/06/2014 | 13:51

Ibrahim Toure
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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