Italian football has been dealt a huge blow following the death of Fiorentina skipper and Italy international Davide Astori.
The club has announced the strange death of their skipper on Sunday morning.
The Italian international, with 14 caps to his name, was found dead at the La di Moret hotel in Udine, ahead of the Viola’s meeting with Udinese on Sunday.
The clash at the Stadio Friuli and all of today’s Serie A matches have subsequently been cancelled.
A club statement released by Fiorentina read: “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”
Astori, who started his career at AC Milan, enjoyed a 12-year career in Serie A.
He spent six years with Cagliari, making 174 appearances for the Sardinians during a six-year spell.
In 2014 he joined Roma on loan, before joining Fiorentina the following year.
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