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Wednesday September 12 2018
Serie A allows Astori tribute

The Lega Serie A has granted Fiorentina an exemption to the new captain’s armband rule, so German Pezzella can wear the Davide Astori tribute.

For this season the league introduced a standardised armband for all club captains, but the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Papu Gomez, of Roma and Atalanta respectively, ignored the ruling and continued to wear personalised armbands.

That prompted a statement from the Lega declaring that any club flouting the rule would be subject to punishment from Week 4 onward.

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Sunday September 9 2018
Argentina rely on Icardi-Dybala

Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala are expected to start together for Argentina in a friendly against Colombia.

The Inter striker arrived at the training camp carrying a muscular problem, whereas the Juventus star was late due to personal matters, reportedly so he could testify in the contract dispute against his former agent.

Coach Lionel Scaloni plans eight changes from the starting XI that beat Guatemala, a game where Fiorentina forward Giovanni Simeone scored on his senior Argentina debut.

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Wednesday September 5 2018
Biraghi: ‘Go ahead and fine us’

Fiorentina’s Cristiano Biraghi says “we’ll pay the fines” if the Lega Serie A punishes them for wearing the special Davide Astori captain’s armband.

The league has decided this year that custom armbands aren’t allowed, but the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Papu Gomez have ignored the new rule.

Yesterday the Lega warned that players would be punished for non-compliance from Week 4 onward.

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Sunday August 26 2018
Pezzella: 'Astori still with us'

German Pezzella is “so proud to wear the captain’s armband for Fiorentina and our first thoughts are always with Davide Astori.”

It kicks off with Chievo at 19.30 UK time (18.30 GMT), click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

This is their first game of the season at the Stadio Franchi, but Astori’s jersey is still hanging up in the locker room in its usual spot next to Federico Chiesa.

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Saturday July 28 2018
Viola turn down multiple offers

Fiorentina have reportedly turned down significant offers for Giovanni Simeone, Jordan Veretout and German Pezzella in the last week.

The Viola are facing a battle to keep hold of several of their biggest stars this summer.

And Corriere dello Sport claims that the Florence club refused a bid of €40m from Atletico Madrid for forward Simeone.

Atletico, who are coached by Simeone’s father Diego, are said to face competition for the player’s signature from German champions Bayern Munich.

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Wednesday May 30 2018
Official: Fiorentina keep Pezzella

Fiorentina have officially signed defender German Pezzella from Real Betis on a permanent deal.

A statement on Fiorentina’s official website confirms the club have exercised their option to buy Pezzella, who has put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Reports suggest the Viola will pay Betis €10m on top of their €500,000 loan fee for the Argentine, who scored once in 35 appearances over the past season.

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Thursday April 26 2018
Pezzella: ‘Don’t care about Scudetto’

Fiorentina’s German Pezzella assures “we’ll prepare as usual for the Napoli match” as “I don’t care who wins the Scudetto”.

The Viola face the Partenopei on Sunday at the Artemio Franchi, and with Maurizio Sarri’s side just a point behind the Bianconeri, the Tuscan club could deal their bitter rivals a blow.

“We’ll prepare as usual for the Lazio match,” Pezzella insisted, speaking to Sky.

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Thursday April 19 2018
Pezzella: ‘Fiorentina are angry’

Fiorentina defender German Pezzella is furious about the refereeing in their defeat to Lazio - “you wonder how certain things can happen…”

The Viola went 2-0 up against Lazio last night, with both teams going down to 10-men in the opening 15 minutes.

The visitors eventually came back to win 4-3, but Fiorentina had a goal disallowed for offside by VAR.

“I’m very angry because we had the chance to get three important points,” Pezzella fumed in the mixed zone after the game.

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Friday April 6 2018
‘Astori will always be Viola captain’

Fiorentina defender German Pezzella says Davide Astori ‘will always be our captain’.

Pezzella has taken over the captain’s armband following Astori’s death last month and an injury to Milan Badeij, while Fiorentina have responded to the tragedy by winning all of their four games.

“We understood we had to give more than our maximum,” the Real Betis loanee told Tuttosport.

“Becoming captain? It’s a great honour, but what matters most is giving everything for the shirt and helping the younger lads.

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Monday March 5 2018
Pezzella: 'My soul is crying'

Fiorentina defender German Pezzella wrote that his “soul is crying to think I’ll never again see” Davide Astori by his side.

The captain died in his sleep and was discovered on Sunday morning, when he failed to turn up to breakfast.

The squad was staying at a hotel in Udine preparing for that afternoon’s planned Serie A match with Udinese.

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