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Genoa & Cagliari players told about Astori's death

Fiorentina request 'respect' after Davide Astori contract rumors

Fiorentina have announced their decision to retire the number 13 shirt form by former captain Davide Astori after his sudden passing on Sunday morning.

This weekend's Serie A games, apart from the three fixtures already played on Saturday, were postponed out of respect. "It is unusual that such a thing should happen to a professional who is so closely monitored without there being any warning signs".

"Fiorentina are in a state of shock and we ask for silence and respect from all parties", a club statement said Monday. The club signed him outright one year later and he went on to become their captain. "In this bad and delicate situation, and in particular out of respect for his family, we appeal for everybody to show sensitivity".

Survivors include his wife, Francesca Fioretti; their 2-year-old daughter, Vittoria; and his parents.

The news of Astori's death spread just when Genoa and Cagliari were preparing to play their early afternoon clash and this video shows a touching moment players of both clubs were told the bad news. Several - many of whom had played with Astori for Italy - walked off in tears.

THESE are the heartbreaking pictures which show Serie A players leaving the pitch distraught after finding out Davide Astori had died.

That will be the first game involving an Italian club since Astori's death, and with numerous squad due to attend his funeral in Florence on Thursday, it will be an emotional occasion. The whole Football World is stunned after the news has spread like wildfire.

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"I can't believe it's real".

He also became a father for the first time last month.

"It's a lovely gesture from the Della Valle family", Malago said of the family which runs Fiorentina. He wore a black armband during the match in tribute. It's very hard to speak about this tragedy. I stay very close to his family in this moment because he was only 31. He was a fantastic guy - a great player but especially a fantastic guy.

A host of people, thankfully, tweeted the issue as a cause for concern and demanded EA Sports to designate all the Astori cards as untradeable or make them special cards.

"I think that David has done what he owed in this chaotic world and that now he is in a better world". My honest compliments, you were one of the best sporting figures I ever came up against.

Filippo Galli, his former youth team coach at AC Milan, has urged the Rossoneri to honour him prior to their Europa League clash with Arsenal on Thursday.

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