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Italian soccer star Davide Astori dies at 31

06 March, 2018, 02:48 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Italy defender and Fiorentina skipper Davide Astori died in his sleep on Saturday night

Recently retired Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has taken to Instagram to post a heartfelt farewell to global teammate Davide Astori, who passed away suddenly on Sunday.

The tragic news surrounding the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori continues to grow as club president Andrea Della Valle revealed the player was set to sign a new deal on Monday.

The defender was found died in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday as the Viola prepare for their scheduled Serie A match with Udinese, which was later called off with all other Serie A fixtures.

The Fiorentina staff became anxious when Astori, who was married with a daughter, did not join his team mates for breakfast at around 9.30 am local time, club spokesman Arturo Mastronardi told reporters outside the hotel. The early kick off between Genoa and Cagliari, one of Astori's former clubs, was abandoned when players learned the news while warming up on the pitch.

"For the awful and delicate situation, and above all for the respect of his family, appeal is made to everyone's sensibility", Fiorentina said.

Italian Football is in mourning after Astori passed away in his sleep last night. It is very hard in this moment to speak about this tragedy.

According to the BBC, Fiorentina released the following statement asking people to be respectful of Astori's loved ones.

"I can't think of the derby after a tragedy like that", he said. All of today's other Serie A matches have also been called off. "It's very hard at this moment to find the right words for the family", Chelsea coach Conte told Sky Sports ahead of his team's Premier League match at Manchester City on Sunday.




Diego Lopez, who played and coached Astori at the Sardinian club and is the coach of the Caligari team, had to receive medical treatment after learning the news, as did Carlos Sanchez, who is on loan from Fiorentina at Espanyol.

"He was a fantastic guy - a great player but especially a fantastic guy".

Born in San Giovanni Bianco, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Milan, Astori was capped four times by the Italy Under-18 squad before he began his senior career with AC Milan in 2006.

'You were one of the best sports figures I ever came across'.

Astori joined the AC Milan youth academy and played for Cagliari and Roma before moving on loan to Fiorentina in 2015 and signing a long-term contract in 2016.

"Davide was always the epitome of great professionalism and reliability", Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco tweeted.

He made his Italy debut in 2011 and went on to represent his country 13 more times.

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