Thousands gather in Florence for Astori funeral

Thousands gather in Florence for Astori funeral

For us, it's important in national team in our heart to always bring his positive emotion and always smile.

Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has expressed his anger at Dani Alves's remarks about Davide Astori, who passed away on Sunday.

The 31-year-old died just hours before Viola were due to play Udinese, with all Serie A matches on Sunday were postponed in honour of the former Italy global. "Davide, you are simple, direct, pragmatic", said the Viola midfielder.

The father of Astori's partner Francesca Fioretti had a bad turn in Santa Croce and had to be stretchered out to an ambulance. You're not like others, you are football, the real one, the pure one of children. You are this for all of us, you are light.

Astori's brother Marco said in tears: "all these people have shown how much they loved him".

AS Roma's now-retired attacker Francesco Totti and current Roma player Stephan El Shaarawy were among those who attended the funeral.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and captain Gianluigi Buffon were also in attendance, as were defender Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli after they flew straight from London following their Champions League victory over Tottenham.

Fiorentina supporters hold up their scarves to mourn the loss of the club’s captain
Fiorentina supporters hold up their scarves to mourn the loss of the club’s captainREUTERS Alessandro Bianchi

Inter coach, Luciano Spalletti, was also there.

Six of the seven Serie A matches that were postponed because of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori's death have been rescheduled for the first week of April.

Thousands gather for the Fiorentina captain's funeral.

Italy global Astori captained club team Fiorentina, who retired the number 13 shirt in his honour.

"I had the possibility to meet him five years ago because it was my idea to sign him when we were at Southampton".

In a statement, Fiorentina said: "To honor his memory and make the memory of Davide Astori indelible, Fiorentina and Cagliari have chose to jointly withdraw the shirt with the number 13".

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