Now Cheick Tiote Has Visa Problem – What’s Going On?


Surprising news today that Cheick Tiote is the latest Newcastle United player to have a visa problem this summer.

Cheick Tiote – after scoring his only goal for Newcastle – so far

Cheick Tiote will not now be available for the friendly game at Leeds United on Sunday.

There is now real news on what the problem is although the Evening Chronicle is reporting it is red-tape problem about his visa, but that hardly tells us too much.

Tiote did not travel back to London with the rest of the squad but instead was on a plane to Accra in Ghana, where apparently the Ivory Coast Embassy is currently based.

Cheick’s job is to resolve whatever the problem is with his via, so again this seems just a little mystifying to us.

Tiote will be training while he is in Accra, until the problem with his visa is sorted out, so at least Tiote will keep himself at his current fitness level, and we’re not even sure if anybody from the club has accompanied him to Ghana, but we would think so.

Newcastle expect that Tiote will have everything sorted out by next weekend, and he will likely start the plum game against Italian club Fiorentina a week tomorrow.

That’s Newcastle’s final warm-up fame before meeting Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday, 13th August, and we have to hope we’ll not be four goals down after 26 minutes in that game.

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418 comments so far

  • WWJBD

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #1

    He share the same dentist as Cabaye?

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  • Andy

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed! 3 articles in about 20 minutes! Man on a mission today?

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  • rich

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Surely a “business” such as Newcastle United Football Club, that deals with employing players with different nationalities would hire someone to sort out visa issues. I’m getting fed up of stupid mistakes making our beloved football club look ridiculous!!

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  • bosamuelson

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #4

    None of this would have happened if Big Sam Allerdyce was manager. He would have hired 6 staff members to make sure visa’s were sorted even before stepping South of the Tyne!

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Who is responsible for sorting the players Visas is my question….
    Could it be Lee Charnley?

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  • Andy

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    It doesn’t make sense him not being allowed to England. Surely his working visa will cover him for the 6 years of his contract no?

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Might be an expired passport,same problem Hearts’ David Obua had earlier this week

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Haha I love supporting NUFC at times ever interesting to say the least…….how many other clubs have this constant stream of crap happening to them?!

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  • Twatter

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Absolute joke, both USA for the ridiculous over regulation, and clubs oversight and sheer lack of thought into the possible barriers they would get when seeking to train in the most paranoid country in the world

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Juan Matas available for as little as 13.5 million ??? He is one hell of a player!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Cant see it being a big deal, like Klatoon(7) says, probably an expired (or expiring) Passport

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  • rich

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Klatoon

    I think you have to have at least 6 months left on your passport to go to America.

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  • Thump

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Don’t worry lads, he’s running for government.

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  • Eastander

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m sure it will get sorted but slightly more worrying than barton and cabaye’s, theres were for a country where we were playing 3 games and there for a week and a half, tiote’s is for the country we play in every weekend!

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Would love mata. £13mill to cheap . Fat m.a cn sell him for profit n 2yrs

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Where did you hear Mata is avaliable for 13mill? Pretty sure it was 20mill less than a week ago

    He would also want better than what we can offer so no point in even bidding for him

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  • Jawdboy

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Its African Cup of Nations at end of year (we lose Tiote for about amonth…?) Perhaps something to do with that

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  • Visten

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    @ToonAndy

    I was thinking that mate

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Arsenal hope to seal a £34million double swoop for Valencia winger Juan Mata and Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

    So if you think that Mata is available for £13m, then that means that Jagielka is £21m!?
    NO WAY
    I would say its nearer £20M for Mata and £14m for Jagielka

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Has there ever been a more incompetent bunch of shankers run our football club I ask!!

    Answers on a stamp please!!!

    Fat useless turd burgling p!ss taker!

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  • PHOENIXNIGHTS

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    Is there any news on HBA ? Have I missed anything. The longer we get no news the worse I fear the injury is!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22

    @17

    Is it just Tiote & Ba we loose for that?

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Richyg01
    So do you still think fat cashley is following the Arsenal Blue print then???

    Simple answer please?

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  • ulsterexile

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #24

    What is it with us and visas? Stinks of amateurism!! Cabaye, Barton, Ranger and now Tiote. These things dont happen to other clubs. We need answers and someone needs to take responsibility

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #25

    @20

    Why you got a bee in your bonnet now??

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  • Klatoon

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Heard Mata’s release clause is 13.5m and Arsenal have already opened talks with Valencia

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #27

    @23

    Yes.

    How many seasons is it since Arsenal spent big?

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Same Question to the rest of the apologists?
    ‘Mikes great because we are following the Arsenal Blueprint’ …..are we?
    Yet another lie, Arsenal spend good money on Proven quality players….in order to better themselves……Why didnt arsenal go for Marveaux? Ba? Cabaye?……..

    The Arsenal Blueprint….just one of many lies!!!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #29

    @24

    Barton & Ranger are convicted criminals
    Cabaye wanted his teeth doing on the cheap.

    Tiote, until we know the problem, I can’t say!

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Oh erm how much did they pay for Arshevin last season?
    RRemind me richyg?

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  • Hoovernose

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #31

    I blame the governments ridiculous red tape. He is an African and therefore must follow the line of immigration procedure. If he get’s married or does it some other way he’ll be sweet. It’s the same all over these days.

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  • WWJBD

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #32

    @DavidGoldWHU David Gold
    Just met Kevin Noland and Matt Taylor at a training session at Upton Park. Big players with big personalities. Big Sam was also impressive

    Oh Kevin 🙁 Hope he didnt get your name from your shirt

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #33

    we are a joke club complete joke

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Arsenal are well down the road with their blueprint, they have been following it for a long time now, whereas with us, it is in its infancy.

    Arsenal went through similar to us, recruiting a few bargains to keep them ticking over, along with some shrewd investments in youth.

    They are now seeing the fruits of that, they have players who they can sell on for £40m+ and they have a sizable amount of funds built up to enable them to go out and make purchases.

    There are so many on here who want us to run before we can walk again!

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  • Andy

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    angryman quit ya greetin’ 🙂

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry arsehvin was season before, so we’ll go with Lauren Koschelny for last season!! How much?
    THEN…the season before that? Thomas Vermaelen
    I think them 2 players alone cost alot more than our 5 this season……Arsenal Blueprint indeed!!!

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  • bosamuelson

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Angry man you are wrong, Richy is right. Stop crying.

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  • cousto

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #38

    who gives 2 sh*ts about blueprints? As long as we have 11 guys on that field who are playing and giving 100% for each other and the club I don’t care about the politics.

    Somebody go take angry back to his cell at neggy heights

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  • boater

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #39

    NuFC RichyG – you do talk some blather man..

    Arsenal are doing everything they can to keep their top, salable players… We sold £35mil worth of player. Your entire argument seems to be based on things that haven’t happened justifying those that have… somewhere between naive and dreaming. i.e. reaching a rainbow’s end utopia where Ashley suddenly starts spending. He won’t and there is nothing in his actions to suggest he will…

    Keith Harris’ comments were a telling insight- Ashley bought the club to make 52,000 friends… when those friends turned against him – he vowed to recoup his losses, in preparation for a buy out..

    nothing he has done has been aimed at the interests of the supporters, quite the opposite… wake the funk up.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jul 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Here I go, Ill show you how much arsenal spend on average per season shall i for the last 8 years or so!!
    03/04 20m
    04/05 6m
    05/06 37m
    06/07 14m
    07/08 31 m
    08/09 16m
    09/10 15m
    10/11 11m

    Okay, so you can say that we are following the Arsenal blueprint, and even theought these figures prove otherwise, Id like to point out that Arseanl have always bought good quality decent players at a price lower than their value, because they know that payiong for qaulity gets them somewhere!! Never gamble, and never signinjury prone players ;-)….for nothing!!!!

    ARSENAL BLUEPRINT MY AR%E

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