Davide Astori to be honored across Europe


Davide Astori will be honored before UEFA Champions League and Europa League games across Europe this week.

The 31-year-old Fiorentina captain was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning ahead of their Serie A game at Udinese.

All games in Italy’s top-flight were canceled on Sunday as a mark of respect.

UEFA announced on Monday that a minute’s silence will be held before every game this week as a mark of respect for Astori.

Tributes have poured in from across the soccer world for the Italian international center back who played 14 times for the Azzurri.

It is believed Astori died due to a cardiac arrest.

Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo confirmed he has opened a criminal investigation into Astori’s death but that is a normal procedure in Italy and there is nothing currently suspicious about his death.

Astori’s body will be brought back to Florence on Wednesday for people to pay their respects at the training center for the Italian national team.