La Viola honour their late captain
Posted: 5 March 2018 Time: 12:41
Fiorentina have changed their logo on social media in honour of their fallen captain Davide Astori who suffered a sudden heart attack in his sleep on Sunday morning.
Astori, 31, who was reportedly set to sign a new contract this month in order to remain at the club until the end of his career, passed away hours before their scheduled clash with Udinese at the Dacia Arena on Sunday.
The Italy international was found dead in the bed of his hotel room after teammates noticed his absence at breakfast and all league games in Serie A were subsequently postponed.
"He was about to sign a contract extension with the club. He believed in our project and wanted to end his career here," La Viola owner Andrea Della Valle said, as quoted via Calcio Mercato.
Astori, a graduate of AC Milan's youth academy, made 289 appearances in the Italian top-flight, representing Cagliari, AS Roma and Fiorentina.