Homicide case opened over Astori death

Kristopher Nichols
March 9, 2018

All the matches of Serie A and Serie B were postponed after the shocking news of the death of the center-back.

A criminal investigation into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has been opened so that an autopsy can happen before his funeral on Thursday morning.

The 31-year-old Italy global centre-back died on the night of Saturday into Sunday, on the eve of his team's Serie A trip to Udinese, which was subsequently postponed. The early kick-off between Genoa and Cagliari, one of Astori's former clubs, was abandoned when players learned the news while warming up on the pitch.

Juventus goalkeeper and Italy great Buffon paid tribute to his friend in an Instagram post, where he spoke of a "truly good person", along with a picture of the two captains exchanging pennants before a club match.

"Genuine compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against". Yet Davide Astori will now forever be the Captain of Fiorentina, alive and well in the hearts of all those that follow the club.

He said: "It's very hard to speak about this tragedy". He was a great player but especially a fantastic guy.

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After setting out on his career in AC Milan's youth academy, Astori made his name with Cagliari, playing 174 league games with the Sardinian club before moving to Roma on loan in the 2014/15 season.

Speaking to Mediaset's Tiki Taka programme, Malago said: "I have to make an important clarification about an alleged renewal of the contract of Astori". "This news really hurt me and it's very hard in this moment to find the right words for the family".

Black Stars players Jordan Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah have joined in the growing list of footballers paying tribute to the late Davide Astori.

Cagliari, who Astori spent eight years with, wrote: "With our jersey you made your dreams, you made goals in the national, you were out courageous captain". Italy went on to win on penalties.

"Unfortunately there is nothing new - with the tests we have it reduces the risks of sudden death, but you can never rule it out 100 percent", he told ANSA.

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

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