It’s reported that Gianluigi Buffon and Massimiliano Allegri paid out of their own pockets for a private jet to take Juventus to Davide Astori’s funeral.
The Bianconeri played Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last Wednesday, with the Fiorentina captain’s funeral the following day.
A delegation from Juve nonetheless managed to attend the final farewell to Astori, and were greeted with applause and gratitude from the Viola fans, despite the intense rivalry between the teams.
Now La Nazione is reporting that after the Spurs game, Buffon told his teammates in the dressing room that there was a private plane to take them to Florence for the funeral.
The goalkeeper told his teammates that anyone wishing to attend should meet in the hotel lobby at 4.30am, while stating that he understood if people wanted to sleep after such a tough match.
In the event all of the players turned up in the lobby, but there wasn't enough space on the plane for everyone to go.
The newspaper believes that Buffon and Allegri paid out of their own pockets for the 12-seater jet, meeting up with Federico Bernardeschi when the delegation reached Florence.
La Nazione also reports that the police proposed that Juventus enter the Basilica di Santa Croce by a back entrance, but Buffon urged all his teammates to walk around the front to show their solidarity with the people of Florence.
The story hasn't been confirmed, but Buffon did thank the Fiorentina fans for their reaction to the Juventus players' arrival.
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