Italy prosecutors open investigation into Davide Astori death

Mar 06, 2018, 01:34
Italy prosecutors open investigation into Davide Astori death

It was announced yesterday that the 31-year-old, an Italian global defender who was the captain of Fiorentina, had passed away after a "sudden illness".

The Italy defender was found in his Udine hotel room having died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday night.

"We have opened criminal proceedings over the hypothesis of manslaughter", Antonio de Nicolo, Udine chief prosecutor, said when speaking to Radio Rai.

He left his partner Francesca Fioretti and a 2-year-old daughter, Vittoria. With AP Photos.Tributes will be paid before Champions League and Europa League games this week to honor Italian player Davide Astori.

'It is odd that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored and showed no warning signs'.

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Sunday's lunchtime Serie A game between Cagliari, Astori's former club, and Genoa was about to begin when the news broke.

Astori joined Fiorentina on loan in August 2015 and the club signed him outright one year later. I am close to the family and his loved ones.

All of Sunday's seven Serie A games were postponed as a result and tributes from across the footballing world poured in for the player, who won 14 caps for Italy. "He was only 31 and it's very hard to explain this situation".

Astori, a graduate of AC Milan's youth academy, made 289 appearances in the Italian top-flight, representing Cagliari, AS Roma and Fiorentina.

The English Football Association announced that Astori will be honored in England's global friendly against Italy at Wembley Stadium later this month.

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His lone goal for the Azzurri came in a 2013 Confederations Cup third-place match against Uruguay.

Buffon called Astori "a great man", while Bonucci recalled their times together.

"It seems impossible. I'm in a state of disbelief and I cry with his family and all of Fiorentina".

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