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Sport Manslaughter investigation opened into Astori’s death

15:50  05 march  2018
15:50  05 march  2018 Source:

Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31

  Fiorentina captain Davide Astori dies aged 31 The Italy international had been capped 14 times by his country and was a vital member of the Viola's squadThe 31-year-old centre-back had been capped 14 times by Italy and had enjoyed a professional career spanning 12 years.

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Italian authorities have confirmed that they have opened manslaughter proceedings into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

The 31-year-old Italy international centre-back died on the night of Saturday into Sunday, on the eve of his team’s Serie A trip to Udinese, which was subsequently postponed.

Police are now set to investigate the death, it has been confirmed.

“We have opened criminal proceedings over the hypothesis of manslaughter,” Antonio de Nicolo, Udine chief prosecutor, told Radio Rai.

“For now, it’s been brought against unknown persons. We’ve arranged an autopsy, which will be performed soon.”

Astori cause of death remains unclear - Fiorentina offer update on captain's passing

  Astori cause of death remains unclear - Fiorentina offer update on captain's passing An autopsy will be carried out to determine how the 31-year-old died, his grief-stricken club have announcedTributes have flowed in for the 31-year-old defender following the club's announcement that he had passed away.

Under Italian law, the only way an autopsy could take place on Astori in order to discover the cause of death was to open such a case.

As such, there is currently no suggestion of foul play involved in the passing of the former AC Milan youth player, who subsequently starred at the likes of Cagliari and Roma before moving to Fiorentina.

The footballing world united in grief on Sunday at the player’s passing, with the entire card of Serie A matches postponed as a mark of respect.

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Fiorentina wins emotional 1st match since Astori's death .
Fiorentina played its first match since the death of captain Davide Astori, beating last-place Benevento 1-0 on an emotional Sunday at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The 31-year-old Astori was found dead in his hotel room last Sunday after a suspected cardiac arrest before his team was due to play an Italian league match at Udinese."Davide was, and will always remain, our light," said new Fiorentina captain Milan Badelj. "No one will ever forget this match, it will be difficult ... Florence has shown us its soul, we are all united after a tragedy like this."The Fiorentina players and staff all came out for the warmup wearing Astori No.

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