Fiorentina's salary donation following Davide Astori's death 'is a hoax'

Hope Soto
March 9, 2018

The Italian professional born in San Giovanni Bianco, passed suddenly at age 31, on Saturday, in his sleep.

Federation Internationale de Football Association and UEFA paid tribute to "a great player and great man" while Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Bayern Munich were among the foreign clubs to send their condolences to Astori's family. Fiorentina were scheduled to play Udinese in Serie A on Sunday afternoon but the game and all other Serie A fixtures were subsequently called off.

A Udine prosecutor has said the cause of death is believed to be cardiac arrest as a result of natural causes, although an autopsy will be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

Davide Astori is survived by his wife Francesca and two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

European soccer body UEFA said on Monday there would be a minute's silence before all this week's Champions League and Europa League matches.

Conte, who selected Astori during his reign as Italy coach from 2014 to 2016, was visibly distressed when he spoke about his former player.

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After that, he served two loan periods in AS Roma and Fiorentina and then he signed a permanent contract with ACF Fiorentina.

"I had him with the national team". He was a fantastic guy - a great player but especially a fantastic guy.

Astori was a man described by Italy team-mate Gianluigi Buffon as "an expression of an old-fashioned world", one where values such as "altruism, elegance, politeness and respect towards others" were more important.

Astori's former club Cagliari, for whom he played 174 games over six seasons, have also agreed no longer to use the No. 13, which he also wore while he played for them.

Astori earned 14 caps for Italy during his career.

Astori scored his only worldwide goal in the 2013 Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Uruguay, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match which finished 2-2. "The funeral will take place on Thursday in the Santa Croce basilica", the Serie A club said Monday on its Twitter account. "I wish to send my condolences to Davide's family", the former Fiorentina, Leicester and Chelsea boss said.

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