The sudden death of Florentina and Italian International defender Davide Astori, has forced the cancellation of all Serie A games this weekend.
The 31-year old was found dead at the La di Moret hotel, few hours before Fiorentina’s Serie A clash with Udinese.
The clash at the Stadio Friuli and all other Serie A matches were subsequently cancelled by the Italian FA.
The football fraternity has reacted to the shocking death of the Italian defender Astori.
“Fiorentina are profoundly shaken to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” the club said in a statement.
Europe’s football body UEFA was not left out.
“UEFA is deeply shocked and saddened by the passing of Davide Astori, a talented footballer who was dedicated to the game,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.
“On behalf of European football, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his family, the ACF Fiorentina club, the Italian Football Federation and the Italian football community.”
Serie A club Torino wrote: “RIP, Davide Astori. There are no words for the pain that has affected us all.”
Chelsea, who have an Italian manager, stated: “Everybody at Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and team-mates at this time.”
Las Palmas, the new club of Nigeria midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, wrote: “Las Palmas express their condolences to the family, friends and Fiorentina over the death of Davide Astori.”
Liverpool added their voice, stating: “We’re saddened by the passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. Our condolences are with his friends and family. RIP Davide.”
Watford stated: “Everyone at Watford is saddened by the passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. Our condolences are with his friends and family.”
Renowned footballers, Spanish and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas said: “Rest in peace, Davide.”
David Silva added: “My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Davide Astori.”
After setting out on his career in AC Milan’s youth academy, Astori made his name with Cagliari, playing 174 league games with the Sardinian club before moving to Roma on loan in the 2014/15 season.
He joined Fiorentina the following summer, initially on loan, before signing for the Florence club.
He was appointed captain ahead of the current campaign.
Astori won 14 caps for Italy between 2011 and 2017.