Fiorentina pay emotional Astori tribute before Serie A game

From BBC - March 11, 2018

Fiorentina paid an emotional tribute to former captain Davide Astori as they played their first game since the 31-year-old's sudden death last Sunday.

The Serie A club defeated Benevento 1-0, with Vitor Hugo grabbing a T-shirt bearing Astori's image after scoring.

Astori wore the number 13 shirt and the match stopped after 13 minutes, with 60 seconds applause taking place.

A post-mortem examination revealed cardiac arrest as the most likely cause of death.

The player's funeral took place on Thursday and Italian top-flight fixtures resumed on Friday, with Roma hosting Torino.

Sunday's match in Florence was preceded by emotional scenes, with players from both sides crying as Italian star Jovanotti sang one of his hits.


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