Davide Astori: Funeral sees Italy players and thousands of fans pay respects

Fiorentina fans

Thousands of fans and several Italian players, managers and coaches have gathered in Florence for the funeral of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

The Italy international defender died at the age of 31 on Saturday after a sudden illness.

Members of the Juventus squad that beat Tottenham on Wednesday night were in attendance, including Italy’s national team captain Gianluigi Buffon.

Astori will be buried in Bergamo, where he grew up and his parents still live.

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Astori leaves a wife and a two-year-old daughter.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was in tears during a minute’s silence for Astori at Wembley on Wednesday night, was in attendance along with team-mates and manager Massimiliano Allegri.

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Speaking after Juve’s Champions League victory, Chiellini said: “We dedicate the win to him. He is on our minds on this day.

“I cried many times. He was a fantastic player. It was very difficult during the match because we had to think of the game and the outcome, and it’s not easy. But he’s always in our heart,”

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Another of Astori’s former sides, AC Milan, are in action later on Thursday when they host Arsenal in the Europa League.


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