Sunday, 4 March 2018

WATCH:The captain of Italy's Fiorentina football team has been found dead in a hotel room, according to Italian media

Davide Astori of ACF Fiorentina during the serie A match with AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Artemio Franchi on February 25, 2018

-The centre-back was staying at an Udine hotel to prepare for Sunday's match against Udinese which has been called off.

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

-For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media."

A club spokesman said he could not give a cause of death ahead of an autopsy but Italian media reported that Astori died of a heart attack during the night.

The 31-year-old, who has a two-year-old daughter, was staying in an Udine hotel to prepare for Sunday's match against Udinese, which has been postponed.

The centre-back had been capped 14 times by Italy and had enjoyed a professional career spanning 12 years.

He started out at AC Milan, where he never played a Serie A match, before moving to Cagliari, the club where he made his big breakthrough.

He made 174 appearances for the Sardinians in a six-year spell, during which he made his national team debut.

In 2014, he was sent on loan to Roma and a year later made a similar transfer to Fiorentina.

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