Davide Astori’s shirt retired by former clubs

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Tributes continue to pour in for Davide Astori after his tragic death at the weekend.

The 31-year-old captain of Fiorentina was found dead in the team hotel on Sunday morning ahead of their Serie A game against Udinese, with the Italian international defender reported to have suffered a cardiac arrest in his sleep.

On Tuesday it was announced by both Cagliari and Fiorentina that the No.13 jersey he wore will be retired as a mark of respect.

Astori played 178 times for Cagliari and made 109 appearances for Fiorentina, while he also played 14 times for Italy over the past six years.

All games in Italy’s top-flight were canceled on Sunday after the tragic news arrived, while Astori’s body will arrive in Florence on Wednesday at the Italian national team training center for people to pay their respects to him.

Ahead of all UEFA Champions League and Europa League games this week there will be a minute’s silence to honor Astori, while Italian soccer is in mourning following the loss of an instrumental figure for Fiorentina who was also a mainstay in the Italian national team squads.