Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

'Ciao Asto!' Emotional Florence farewell for Astori

'Ciao Asto!' Emotional Florence farewell for Astori

Thousands of Fiorentina supporters gathered to pay an emotion-filled farewell to captain Davide Astori today, following his tragic death on Sunday.

"The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes", Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said.

Astori's funeral is due to take place on Thursday. Upon the hearse's arrival at the Basilica di Santa Croce, fans raised their scarves and sang his name.

At his funeral, former AC Milan goal-machine Filippo Inzaghi, 44, was there along with ex-Inter star Javier Zanetti, 44.

Former Fiorentina forward Gabriel Batistuta was not in attendance, but he sent a message via ANSA, the Italian news agency, expressing his shock at Astori's death. In an interview after the match, Chiellini said: "We dedicate this win to him but not only this match".

"I cried many times". It was very hard during the match because we had to think of the game and the outcome, and it's not easy. From now, we will always have two, always. And we go to give last "ciao" together with our teammates.

"It has been a hard week for all of us". I think for us he was important for our national team, he always brought positive emotion and always smiled.

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All of Sunday's seven Serie A games were postponed as a result and tributes from across the footballing world poured in for the defender, who won 14 caps for Italy. On Sunday Buffon addressed the infant in an eloquent Instagram post saying that she "deserves to know that her father was in all respects a ideal person, a great flawless person". In reality, you are football, the pure kind played by children.

"You were one of the best sporting figures in which I came across".

Astori leaves a wife and a two-year-old daughter.

At the San Siro tonight Milan will play Arsenal in the Europa League and a minute's silence will be held.

Fiorentina captain Astori died suddenly over the weekend, prompting PSG defender Alves to make what have widely been branded as insensitive comments.

Astori spent eight years with Cagliari from 2008 playing 179 times in all competitions before joining Fiorentina in 2016. I hope we never forget him. "When the awful news of the death of our captain arrived, I had the same reaction you all did: I was shocked, without words. The told me that he was always busy with chartibale tasks in the dressing room without talking about it. Davide was completely exemplary".

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