Goodbye to Astori

Gianluigi Buffon at the funeral on Thursday

Florence: Thousands of fans and dozens of players turned out on Thursday to say goodbye to Fiorentina captain and Italy international Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the age of 31 on Sunday.

Astori's death left Italian football in a state of shock. All Serie A games were postponed on Sunday, and both Fiorentina and Astori's previous club Cagliari announced they would retire the defender's number 13 shirt. The funeral was held in Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross, but the crowd was much too large to fit inside the church, so the audio of the service was broadcast to the fans, many of them crying, who filled the square outside.

Astori's body arrived in a white hearse as fans waved Fiorentina flags and held up their team scarves. 


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