Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31
The Italy international had been capped 14 times by his country and was a vital member of the Viola's squadThe 31-year-old centre-back had been capped 14 times by Italy and had enjoyed a professional career spanning 12 years.
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Fiorentina have asked for " silence and respect " after rumours surfaced on Monday surrounding a new contract for late captain Davide Astori . Astori was due to sign a new contract with the club on Monday and reports in the Italian media claimed Fiorentina were planning to honour that agreement
Fiorentina have asked for "silence and respect" after rumours surfaced on Monday surrounding a new contract for late captain Davide Astori .
The 31-year-old passed away suddenly on Sunday, when he was found dead in his hotel room just a few hours before Fiorentina were due to face Udinese in Serie A.
With an official autopsy report yet to be released, the precise cause of the defender's death remains unclear, but Udine's public prosecutor suggested on Sunday that cardiac arrest was the most likely reason.
Astori was due to sign a new contract with the club on Monday and reports in the Italian media claimed Fiorentina were planning to honour that agreement by forwarding the Italy international's wages to his family.
Lega Calcio special commissioner Giovanni Malago also commented on those reports, appearing to confirm their validity by saying on Monday: "They [Fiorentina] decided to renew Astori's contract and the money will support Davide's family".
But Fiorentina released a brief statement, asking for respect and an end to speculation.
The statement read: "Fiorentina, still shocked in such a tragic situation, asks once more for silence and respect from everybody."
The football world has poured out respect and condolences following the tragic news .
Astori 'tragedy' weighs on Italy as rebuilding process opens .
Already at a historic low point following a failed World Cup qualification, Italy's rebuilding effort begins this week with the team in mourning following the death of defender Davide Astori. Interim coach Luigi Di Biagio will guide the team in friendlies against Argentina on Friday and England four days later."Something is missing. I can feel it even though I didn't know Davide like a lot of the players did," Biagio said Monday as the Azzurri opened their training camp at the Coverciano complex in Florence.Earlier this month, thousands of fans lined up to bid Astori goodbye when his body lied on view in Coverciano.