Serey Die rubbishes reports that his father died before kick-off

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Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die has revealed that reports that his father passed away just hours before kick off against Colombia are not true.

The 29-year-old was very emotional during the Ivory Coast national anthem and reports flooded across social media stating that his father had passed away just a couple of hours before the game.

Gary Lineker and The Daily Mail were just a couple of well respected accounts on Twitter that spread the myth but Die responded after the game via his Instagram account to reveal that it was not true, and that his father actually passed away in 2004.

"I just want to say that it’s wrong what they all say, that I was moved because of my dad, but he died in 2004 and it was just the excitement of being in a World Cup and serving my country," he said.

The FC Basel midfielder also apologised for his mistake which ultimately cost his country the match, as he was dispossessed in his own half before Juan Quintero slotted in Colombia's second goal to make it 2-0.

The Elephants responded well and a great individual goal by the former-Arsenal man Gervinho made it a nervy finish for the Colombians but it ended 2-1.

“Sorry for my mistake, I apologise for having disappointed you. I’ll come out on top. God bless you," Die added.

The Ivory Coast now need to ensure that they win their final group game against Greece to progress into the knockout stages of the competition for the first time.

An emotional afternoon for Serey Die saw him substituted after his mistake and he will hope to force his way back into the side for the game against the Greeks next Tuesday.

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