Wednesday March 7 2018
Thousands pay tribute to Astori

Teammates, colleagues and the general public are paying tribute to Davide Astori, as the Fiorentina and Italy captain lies in repose.

The casket was taken to the Coverciano training ground this afternoon, where Italy prepare all their games, and thousands have already passed through to pay their respects.

It is a closed casket with the Fiorentina and Italy jerseys placed on it.

The defender died in his sleep at the age of 31 on Sunday and an initial autopsy report points to bradycardia – the heart slowing to such a degree that it stopped.

Representatives from clubs all over the country are attending and will also be present for tomorrow’s funeral in Florence.

Fiorentina and Cagliari announced they were retiring Astori’s Number 13 jersey.

The Sardinians had run into an issue, as Filippo Romagna was wearing it this season, but the Lega Serie A has given special dispensation to change it.

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