Yaya Toure claims Manchester City denied him time to see dying brother

English Premier League club say they have no comment to make on the Ivory Coast midfielder's remarks that appeared in a column.
Yaya Toure says he had to be with his Manchester City teammates to celebrate the Premier League title win while his brother was on his death bed. Jon Super / AP Photo
Yaya Toure says he had to be with his Manchester City teammates to celebrate the Premier League title win while his brother was on his death bed. Jon Super / AP Photo

PARIS // Yaya Toure, the Ivory Coast midfielder, has claimed his club Manchester City denied him compassionate leave at the end of the English Premier League season to be with his brother, who was dying of cancer.

Ibrahim Toure died of the disease at age 28 in Manchester last Thursday, while his brothers Yaya and Kolo were at the Fifa World Cup finals in Brazil.

“At the end of the season, I wanted to stay four or five days with my brother before flying to prepare the World Cup with Ivory Coast,” Yaya Toure wrote in a column in France Football magazine.

“But City did not wish to grant me those few days. I went to celebrate the title in Abu Dhabi while my brother was dying in his bed.

“Fortunately, Kolo was at his bedside. Afterwards, I regretted that I had not insisted. However, [City] executives knew that I was suffering.”

The Premier League champions said they had no comment to make on the 31 year old’s remarks.

Toure’s agent said last month that the player could leave the club over a birthday snub.

City, however, released a video in which Toure was shown being presented with a birthday cake on the plane taking the team to Abu Dhabi.

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Published: June 24, 2014 04:00 AM

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