Davide Astori death linked to MANSLAUGHTER as cops begin probe

Italian authorities have confirmed that they have opened manslaughter proceedings into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

"On behalf of European football, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, the ACF Fiorentina club, the Italian Football Federation and the Italian football community". The game was postponed along with all of Sunday's other Serie A fixtures.

Davide Astori is survived by his wife Francesca and two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

"I can't think of the derby after a tragedy like that", he said on Twitter.

Astori won 14 global caps during his career, four of which came under Antonio Conte during his time in charge of the Italian national team.

Bakic and Astori shared one season together at the Viola and evidently formed a close friendship in that time before the former joined Braga in 2016.


A shirt was also pinned up in his honour, with his ex-team-mates all signing the jersey as they paid their respect to the 14-cap worldwide.

Federico Bernardeschi, who also played with Astori at Fiorentina for the past three seasons, will miss the game because of injury but is expected to attend Thursday's funeral along with his Juventus teammates after returning from London. He was a great player but especially a fantastic guy.

A host of people, thankfully, tweeted the issue as a cause for concern and demanded EA Sports to designate all the Astori cards as untradeable or make them special cards. His debut in March 2011 in a 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Kiev was eventful - he was introduced as a first-half substitute before being sent off with 15 minutes remaining after receiving two yellow cards.

Astori scored his only Azzurri goal against Uruguay in the third-place match of the 2013 Confederations Cup.

Italian soccer has more stringent rules and tests than many other countries, with professional athletes in Italy required to undergo certain checks every six months.

"Fiorentina have asked, for emotional reasons, not to return to Udine to play so soon", the Lega's extraordinary commissioner Giovanni Malago said.


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