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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed the club didn't allow him to spend time with his dying brother Ibrahim Toure before he travelled to Abu Dhabi on a post season trip.
Ibrahim Toure died in Manchester last week at the age of 28 after battling with cancer.
Speaking to France Football, Toure was quoted as saying: "City did not want to give me a few days.
"I went to celebrate in the wake of the league title in Abu Dhabi, while my brother was dying in his bed.
"In retrospect, I regret not having insisted. For not making them respect me.
"However, my employers knew that I was suffering for a few months seeing my brother's health decline."
City have declined to comment, although it is understood the club have always granted compassionate leave requests in the past.
Yaya Toure's former club Barcelona has offered its condolences after the death of his brother Ibrahim.
Ibrahim Toure - who played for Lebanese side Al-Sada - died aged 28 after losing his battle with cancer.
The Ivorian Football Association have released a statement on the passing of Ibrahim Toure, brother of footballers Kolo and Yaya Toure.
Manchester City and Liverpool FC have said "the thoughts of everyone" at the clubs are with their players Yaya and Kolo Toure following the death of their younger brother Ibrahim.
A statement on the Manchester club's website reads, "Ibrahim was a regular visitor to Carrington and was a popular figure among the staff and players and was extremely close to his two older brothers."
A message of sympathy was also posted on the website of Kolo's team, stating, "The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with defender Kolo Toure following the news of the passing of his brother, Ibrahim, aged 28."
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he was "very saddened" by the death of footballer Ibrahim Toure:
Yaya Toure's Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany said he was "saddened" by the news of Ibrahim Toure's death.
Ibrahim Toure, the younger brother of footballers Kolo and Yaya Toure, passed away following a battle with cancer, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The paper reports that Toure, 28, was being treated at the Christie in Manchester that describes itself as "one of Europe's leading cancer centres".
The Ivory Coast's Football Association has confirmed that Toure, who played for Lebanese side Al-Safa, had passed away on Thursday.
The younger brother of footballers Yaya and Kolo Toure has died in Manchester, the Ivory Coast football association said.
Ibrahim Toure, 28, who is also a footballer, passed away yesterday, a statement said.
No reason was given for his death.
Yaya and Kolo are both currently playing for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup in Brazil.
The statement said: "A tough day for the Toure brothers. Just hours after the match Colombia v Cote d'Ivoire (2-1), Kolo and Yaya have learned of the death of their younger brother Toure Oyala Ibrahim.
"The entire Ivorian delegation to Brazil supports them in this painful circumstance."