Sunday March 4 2018
Astori's 2012 message for Morosini

In a moment that now feels tragically prescient, Davide Astori called for games to be suspended after the sudden death of a colleague.

Astori died in his sleep last night in the Fiorentina team hotel while preparing for a Serie A match against Udinese.

The Viola captain was 31 years old and an Italy international.

As a sign of respect, today’s Serie A and Serie B matches were called off and it’s a decision he would’ve shared – because he already did six years ago.

When Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini collapsed and died during a Serie B game against Pescara in April 2012, that weekend’s fixtures were postponed.

“Calling off the games now doesn’t matter… now let us come together in silence and remember Mario…”

Now many other players are sharing the same sentiment about Astori.

He stopped using his Twitter account over the last couple of years, but his intro read: “World-famous designer and football player in his spare time.”