Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Manslaughter investigation launched into death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori

Manslaughter investigation launched into death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori

Yesterday morning, the footballing world was met with the bad news that the 31-year old had been found dead in his hotel room where Fiorentina were preparing for the Serie A game against Udinese.

Fiorentina and Cagliari will retire the number 13 shirt worn by defender Davide Astori after the Italy global died on Sunday, the Italian clubs said on Tuesday.

Astori was in the city of Udine to prepare for the Sunday match against the local Udinese team.

The news has shocked Italian football and led to the cancellation of every Serie A match on Sunday, including the Milan derby. He was a fantastic guy - a great player but especially a fantastic guy. I'm so sorry for the parents, the wife, the daughter - it's devastating.

Cagliari also said that they would stop using the number 13 shirt which was worn by Astori during six seasons at the Sardinian club earlier in his career.

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Astori - who leaves behind his partner and his two-year-old daughter - was expected to sign a new long-term contract on Monday. "He was only 31 and it's very hard to explain this situation".

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into Astori's death, with Udine chief prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo suggesting a cardiac arrest was the most likely cause, while Fiorentina have issued a brief statement calling for "silence and respect" at this sad time.

The reporter tweeted: "The hoax on Fiorentina extending post-mortem contract with Astori has been started by Troll Football India".

That match was postponed along with all other Serie A games.

"An inquiry has been opened for culpable homicide against persons unknown".

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Astori joined Fiorentina in 2016 from Cagliari and had made 58 appearances for them. He got on the field in March 2011 for a friendly against Ukraine, which Italy won 2-0. He scored one goal in 14 worldwide matches for Italy.

Juventus face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley with several of Astori's former Italy teammates - Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli - expected to play for the Italian club.

Buffon posted an incredible message on social media.

Former Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was one of the first to pay tribute to the player.

It should be pointed out that there is no suggestion of foul play at this stage. How many battles we were in together at Cagliari, then found each other again at Roma I still can't believe it.

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