Fiorentina call for silence on Astori after 'fake news' story

Fiorentina call for silence on Astori after 'fake news' story

Marko Bakic, a former team-mate and friend of the late Davide Astori, was forced off the field after breaking down following the Fiorentina captain's untimely death.

The Sun reports, Astori was found in a hotel room in Udine, by a massage therapist this morning after he did not turn up for breakfast or answer his phone.

All Serie A games were suspended on Sunday after Astori was found dead in his hotel room ahead of Fiorentina's game against Udinese.

Astori's death was ruled to have been of natural causes, "cardiac circulatory collapse" - a type of heart attack.

Fiorentina confirmed the date and time of both the autopsy and Astori's funeral, which will take place in the Tuscan city of Florence.

"Genuine compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against".

Astori won 14 caps for Italy between 2011 and 2017. "It's very hard at this moment to find the right words for the family", Conte told Sky Sports on Sunday ahead of his side's 1-0 loss to Manchester City.

His popularity among his squadmates made him a valuable tournament commodity for global managers.

Buffon called Astori "a great man", while Bonucci recalled their times together.

"This is a tragedy", Conte said. "He was a great player, especially a fantastic guy". His club ACF Fiorentina have announced the lifetime contract with the player and the money will be handed to his 2-year-old daughter Vittoria.

His former club Cagliari, for whom he played 174 games over six seasons, has also chose to honour the former Italy worldwide with the same gesture.

Federation Internationale de Football Association and UEFA paid tribute to "a great player and great man" while Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich were among the foreign clubs to send their condolences to Astori's family. My thoughts are with his family and those close to him.

Sunday's lunchtime Serie A game between Cagliari, Astori's former club, and Genoa was about to begin when the news broke. "He was only 31 and it's very hard to explain this situation". Italy would go on to win the match on penalty kicks.

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