Sunday March 4 2018
Genoa-Cagliari also called off

Udinese-Fiorentina and Genoa-Cagliari have been called off after the death of Viola captain Davide Astori, while more could follow.

The news broke this morning that Italy defender Astori had died in his sleep.

He was in a hotel in Udine with the team, awaiting this morning’s game at the Dacia Arena.

Obviously, that Serie A match has been called off and his teammates are in shock.

Genoa-Cagliari was due to kick off at 11.30 GMT, but that too has been postponed after Cagliari and Genoa heard of the news.

The story broke in the stadium and a picture of Astori appeared on the screens at Marassi, greeted by a standing ovation from the entire arena.

Astori spent six years of his career at Cagliari, playing also for Milan, Roma and Fiorentina.

There are now reports that all today’s Serie A games will be called off as a sign of mourning.

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