Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies suddenly aged 31
All Serie A games postponed after Italy defender dies in hotel ahead of Udinese game
Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has died aged 31. Photograph: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty
Astori was staying a hotel with his team-mates ahead of their game on Sunday away at Udinese when he passed away.
The defender won 14 caps for Italy in a career which started at AC Milan, although he never played a first team game for the club before being sold to Cagliari.
“Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” read the statement.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”
The match against Udinese has been postponed following the announcement of the player’s death. It was later confirmed that all Serie A games were to be postponed out of respect for Astori.
Former Cagliari team-mate Radja Nainggolan wrote on Instagram: “A great player, but even more than that, a great person. How many battles we were in together at Cagliari, then found each other again at Roma I still can’t believe it. My thoughts are with his family and those close to him. RIP.”