Italian league postpones Sunday’s games after Astori death


Italian league postpones Sunday's games after Astori death
(FILES) This file photo taken on October 15, 2013 shows Italy's Davide Astori standing during the national anthem prior the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier football match Italy vs Armenia at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. Astori was found dead on March 4, 2018, AFP reports. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE

In Summary

  • The Italian league postponed all seven Serie A matches scheduled for Sunday after the overnight death of Davide Astori, the Fiorentina captain.
  • Astori, who was 31, died in his hotel room in Udine

The Italian league postponed all seven Serie A matches scheduled for Sunday after the overnight death of Davide Astori, the Fiorentina captain.

The game between Udinese and Fiorentina, where Astori was due to play, had been called off in the morning, as had the early kick-off between Genoa and Cagliari, which was abandoned when players learned the news while warming up on the pitch.

Astori, who was 31, died in his hotel room in Udine.

The other five games postponed were Atalanta v Sampdoria, Benevento v Verona, Chievo v Sassuolo, Torino v Crotone and AC Milan v Inter Milan.

Astori died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday to Sunday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday.

“Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness,” the Serie A club said on Twitter. The 31-year-old, who leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, was in Udine to prepare for Sunday’s match against Udinese, who announced the game has been postponed.

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

In addition to the Fiorentina game, Sunday’s match between Genoa and Cagliari, one of his former clubs, was called off just before its 1230 (1130 GMT) kickoff.

Astori was found dead on March 4, 2018, AFP reports. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI

When Astori’s death was announced on the stadium video screen, many of the players warming up walked off the field.

Astori began his career at AC Milan, also playing for Cagliari and Roma before joining Fiorentina in 2015. He played 14 times for Italy.

 

 

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