The captain of Italy’s Fiorentina football team, Davide Astori, has been found dead in a hotel room.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”
The 31-year-old, who has a two-year-old daughter, was staying in an Udine hotel to prepare for Sunday’s match against Udinese, which has been postponed.
He started out at AC Milan, where he never played a Serie A match, before moving to Cagliari, the club where he made his big
breakthrough. He made 174 appearances for the Sardinians in a six-year spell,
during which he made his national team debut.
In 2014, he was sent on loan to Roma and a year later made a similar transfer to Fiorentina.