Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has been found dead in the team’s hotel hours before his side were due to play Udinese in Serie A.
The former AC Milan and Roma defender was with the squad preparing for the game when he was found in his room this morning.
Fiorentina’s match with Udinese has been postponed as the club confirmed the tragic news.
A statement on the club’s wesbite said: “Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain has died.
“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 was capped 14 times by Italy, making his debut in 2011 and played at the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Source: Daily record