The Captain of Fiorentina and the Italian National Davide Astori Died Suddenly

The Captain of Fiorentina and the Italian National Davide Astori Died Suddenly

The Captain of Fiorentina and the Italian National Davide Astori Died Suddenly

Local police have launched a manslaughter investigation into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

Astori who had 14 worldwide caps to his name, was found dead at the Ladi Moret hotel in Udine, ahead of the Viola's meeting with Udinese on Sunday.

Serie A clubs ACF Fiorentina and Cagliari on Tuesday announced their decision to retire the No.13 jersey in the memory of their former footballer Davide Astori, who died on Sunday in his sleep following cardiac arrest.

Fiorentina's game against Udinese was postponed, as were all other Serie A games across Italy on Sunday.

Astori's body was taken to a hospital in Udine for an autopsy.

The magistrate added that it was "strange that such a thing happened without any warning symptoms in a profession which is so closely monitored".

He joined Fiorentina the following summer, initially on loan, before signing for the Florence club.

"Because of the awful and delicate situation, and above all for the respect of his family, sensitivity is called for".

Astori leaves behind his wife, Francesca Fioretti, and their 2-year-old daughter.

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Serie A games stopped following his passing and a giant banner honouring Astori was put up outside Fiorentina's stadium.

Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, are due to face England in a friendly at Wembley later this month.

Photos from today's organised early kick-off between Genoa and Cagliari show the dramatic moment players are told of the tragic news. Several - many of whom had played with Astori for Italy - walked off in tears.

Malago who is president of the Italian Olympic Committee, who oversee Italian top flight and global football, "spoke too soon", a source very close to those concerned told AFP. The whole Football World is stunned after the news has spread like wildfire.

"I can't think of the derby after a tragedy like that", he said on Twitter.

Juventus captain Buffon called Astori "a great man". He wore a black armband during the match in tribute.

He said: "It's very hard to speak about this tragedy. He was a great player, especially a fantastic guy". The center-back has represented his country Italy 14 times in between 2011 to 2017.He has appeared for the under 18 team of Italian National side in 2004.

"Congratulations indeed, you were one of the best sports figures I came across". He then went on to Fiorentina via a season-long loan stay in the Italian capital with AS Roma, spending three years at the heart of the Fiorentina defense and becoming their captain. "An incredible person. I too feel the grief of all his loved ones".

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