Tuesday 22 May 2018

Clubs' tribute to Astori

Tragedy: Davide Astori
Tragedy: Davide Astori

Fiorentina and Cagliari have retired their number 13 shirt in memory of Davide Astori, the Italian clubs have announced.

The 31-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday, hours before Fiorentina were due to face Udinese in a Serie A fixture. All of Sunday's seven Serie A games were postponed as a result and tributes from across the footballing world poured in for the defender, who won 14 caps for Italy.

And yesterday Fiorentina and Cagliari, Astori's club between 2008 and 2016, announced they had retired the number 13 shirt in honour of their former player.

Fiorentina tweeted: "In honour of Davide #Astori's memory, @CagliariCalcio and #ACFFiorentina have decided to retire the No.13 shirt."

Fiorentina have also given Astori's wife her husband's contract, meaning she will be paid her husband's wage for the rest of her life. Cagliari, having changed their Twitter handle to 'Ciao Davide', added: "To honour their memory and make indelible the memory of David Astori, @acffiorentina and @CagliariCalcio have decided to jointly withdraw the jersey with the number 13."

Fiorentina announced on Sunday morning that Astori had died following a "sudden illness."

Astori's funeral will be held at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence tomorrow morning.

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