Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote denied entry to USA because of ‘visa complications’

Cheick Tiote
Cheick Tiote

Cheick Tiote was barred from joining his Newcastle United team-mates in the USA because of “visa complications”, according to Steve McClaren.

The midfielder was left behind at the weekend when McClaren and his players left for Milwaukee, where they take on Club Atlas at Miller Park tomorrow night.

Tiote was given 180 hours community service and a seven-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, in Ocotber 2013 after admitting possession of a fake driving licence.

Yohan Cabaye, Joey Barton and Nile Ranger were denied entry to the USA for Newcastle’s last tour to the country four years ago.

Cabaye was refused a visa because of a disputed dental bill, while Barton and Ranger were blocked from travelling because of previous criminal convictions.