Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Investigation opened into Astori death in Italy

Investigation opened into Astori death in Italy

Tributes from the football world immediately started pouring in as news of Astori's tragic passing spread.

In a statement, Fiorentina said: "Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died".

He was found in the early hours of Sunday morning, while he was staying in Udine, where his team was staying ahead of an Italian league match.

"He was a fantastic guy", said Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who formerly coached Astori on the Italian team, in an interview with Sky Sports before his team's match against Manchester City.

"It's very hard in this moment to find the right words for the family". This news really hurt me.

The Italian soccer star Davide Astori has died suddenly, aged just 31.

"I'm shocked, it's an absurd tragedy", said Giovanni Malago, the president of Italy's national Olympic committee.

Radja Nainggolan, Astori's former Cagliari teammate wrote on Instagram: "A great player, but even more than that, a great person". I stay close to his wife, parents and daughter.

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According to the Associated Press, Astori's body has been taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.

During his time on the books of the Sardinian side, Astori had loan spells with Roma and Fiorentina, joining the latter permanently in 2016.

Following the confirmation of his death by Fiorentina, the African players unite in mourning the Italy star who made 14 worldwide appearances for the Azzurri.

He made his worldwide debut under coach Cesare Prandelli in March 2011 as a first-half substitute in a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev before getting sent off with 17 minutes remaining. "Because of the bad and delicate situation, and most of all for the respect due to his family, we make an appeal to everybody's sensitiveness".

His lone goal for the Azzurri came in a 2013 Confederations Cup third-place match against Uruguay. Italy went on to win on penalties.

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday at the age of 31 after a suspected cardiac arrest before an Italian league match.

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.

"A man who loved football and who grew up as a footballer with us". He previously spent six seasons at Cagliari and one on loan at AS Roma.

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