Sunday March 4 2018
'Astori didn't turn up to breakfast'

Fiorentina released a statement on the sudden death of captain Davide Astori, who was found in his hotel room this morning.

The Italy international turned 31 in January and was at the hotel in Udine with the rest of his teammates preparing for today’s planned Serie A match with Udinese.

“The lad did not turn up to the team breakfast at 9.30am and he was usually the first to arrive,” explained Fiorentina spokesman Arturo Mastronardi.

“So they went to check on him. Davide was sleeping in a room on his own. We still don’t know the cause of death. The Magistrate came here and the body has been taken for an autopsy, which I think will be conducted today. We have no further details.

“The last to see Davide was Marco Sportiello. Some players sleep in single rooms, some in doubles.

“His family is from Bergamo, so his parents were alerted by telephone, whereas his partner was visited in person in Florence by some of the directors who were in the city.

“The team will return to Florence today with a charter plane.”

Initially there were reports that Astori was found by his teammates, who broke down the hotel door after he failed to answer his phone.

Fiorentina stated that he was discovered by a massage therapist.

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