Yaya and Kolo staying at World Cup

Yaya and Kolo Touré have decided to stay at the World Cup with the Ivory Coast squad in Brazil following the death of their brother, a team spokesman has confirmed.

Ibrahim Touré, 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 spokesperson said that they would remain at the World Cup. He told Press Association Sport: “The Touré 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.

The Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré played in the 2-1 defeat against Colombia, while the Liverpool defender Kolo Touré was an unused substitute.

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