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A minute's silence will be held ahead of the Champions League and Europa League games this week in memory of the Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who died in his team hotel on Sunday.

Thousands of fans sang chants, lit flares, and joined famous football professionals like Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, and former Italy striker Filippo Inzaghi in paying their respects throughout the funeral service at the Santa Croce basilica in Florence, Italy on March 8.

Astori may not have hailed from the days of those aforementioned Renaissance greats, however he - just like them - will be remembered across the globe and by those who inhabit the city.

Fiorentina announced on Sunday morning that Astori had died following a "sudden illness". You are not like everyone else, you are the one that even if you do not know the languages well you managed to talk to all of us, talking with the heart and keeping us united. He is survived by his partner, Francesca Fioretti, and their two-year-old daughter.

The Rossoneri lost the first leg of their Europa League Round of 16 tie 2-0 at home to Arsenal, with a deflected Henrikh Mkhitaryan strike and Aaron Ramsey springing the offside trap.


Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has apologised on Twitter for comments he made about the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. You are football, the pure one of children. "He is a great example for all young men".

We can not forget your laughter, your way of joking with everyone.

Astori started out in the Milan youth academy but never played a senior match for the Rossoneri, making his Serie A debut with Cagliari in 2008.

"The last time I saw him was on 30 December in Florence". When the awful news arrived of the death of our captain, I had the same reaction: I was in shock, speechless, for a death without an answer.


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