Lega Serie A has postponed all weekend fixtures, including the Milan city derby on Sunday evening, in mourning of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.
“Shocked by this tragic news, all of the family of the Lega Serie A warmly unites around the family of Davide Astori and Fiorentina,” a statement from the league on Sunday read. “All of today’s games are postponed due to mourning. Ciao Davide.”
Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori has died at the age of 31.
His club confirmed the news on Sunday morning in a statement posted on the club’s official website, with multiple outlets in Italy reporting the defender died of cardiac arrest in his hotel room before the game against Udinese.
“The belief is that the player died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes,” Udine prosecutor Antonio De Nicolo said. “It is strange that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs.”
“A profoundly shocked Fiorentina are compelled to announce that their captain Davide Astori, who was struck by an unexpected sudden illness, has passed away,” the team said in a statement. “In this terrible and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity.”
Genoa’s game with Cagliari, which was due to kick off at 12:30 p.m. local time, was postponed when the players were informed of the news during their warm-up routines.
Afterwards, an announcement was made at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris explaining the postponement, and fans applauded as a picture of Astori appeared on the big screens inside the stadium.
Torino subsequently announced that their fixture with Crotone before Lega Serie A eventually announced that all fixtures on the day will be postponed.