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Tiote says sorry

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has issued an apology after being reprimanded by his club for being videoed driving with an open bottle of champagne in his hand.

The 28-year-old, who is understood to have been filmed while in his native Ivory Coast, apologised after the images were published by a national newspaper.

Tiote said: "I deeply regret my actions and I am sorry for any offence caused. I realise that as a professional footballer, I have a responsibility to many people, including the club and its supporters and it is important for me to set a good example to others with my behaviour on and off the pitch."

The player has been reminded of his responsibilities by the club, which said in a statement: "Newcastle United have been made aware of a video of Cheick Tiote driving whilst holding a bottle of alcohol, which is understood to have been filmed in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

"Clearly his actions were not appropriate. The club have spoken privately with Cheick today and reminded him of his significant responsibilities as a representative of Newcastle United and a role model."

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