Late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori's contract extended

Fiorentina retire Davide Astori's No 13 shirt

Italian public prosecutors have launched a routine criminal investigation into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who died on Sunday at the team hotel ahead of a match at Udinese.

FIORENTINA have paid homage to former captain Davide Astori who tragically passed away aged 31 on Sunday.

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

All matches in the Italian A series are postponed due to the unexpected death of the footballer.

A short statement on Fiorentina's twitter account read: "Fiorentina are deeply upset to report that captain Davide Astori has died, suffering from a sudden illness".

He said: "It's very hard to speak about this tragedy".

Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon wrote on Instagram:"You were the best expression of an out-of-fashion, old world ruled by values such as generosity, elegance, politeness and respect towards other people".


Astori - who leaves behind his partner and his two-year-old daughter - was expected to sign a new long-term contract on Monday. "You've been one of the best sportspeople I've ever met". I stay very close to his family in this moment because he was only 31. "He was a great player, especially a fantastic guy".

He joined the latter on a permanent basis in 2016 and made 57 appearances for the Florence squad, scoring three times.

Filippo Galli, his former youth team coach at AC Milan, has urged the Rossoneri to honour him prior to their Europa League clash with Arsenal on Thursday.

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. "An unbelievable person. I too feel the grief of all his loved ones". Italy would go on to win the match on penalty kicks.

Unfortunately for the players and staff of Genoa and Cagliari the news was reported to them whilst both teams were warming up at the Marassi.

"In our country we have a lot more checks and there are few like us in the world".

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