Thursday March 8 2018
Juventus players applauded in Florence

Football rivalries have been put aside for Davide Astori’s funeral, as Fiorentina fans applauded the Juventus players who came to pay their respects.

The defender tragically passed away on Sunday, leaving behind a young daughter and a partner.

All of Sunday’s Serie A games were postponed as a mark of respect, and Giorgio Chiellini was visibly emotional last night as he spoke about Astori following the win over Tottenham.

He is among the delegation from Juventus who are attending today’s funeral, along with captain Gianluigi Buffon, Mattia De Sciglio, Claudio Marchisio, Miralem Pjanic, Daniele Rugani, general manager Giuseppe Marotta and Coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Around 7,000 Viola fans are gathered outside the Basilica di Santa Croce, and the Bianconeri are their most bitter rivals.

Today though football rivalry has been put to one side, and the Juventus delegation was applauded and thanked as they made their way in to the Basilica.

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