Fiorentina captain Astori dies suddenly aged 31

Italy defender and Fiorentina skipper Davide Astori died in his sleep on Saturday night

"For this awful and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media".

At this time, an autopsy will be performed at the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital.

Astori leaves behind his wife, Francesca Fioretti, and their 2-year-old daughter.

When news came through of Astori's death, Genoa and Cagliari were warming up at Marassi, but Perin ran off the field in tears. It is very hard to explain this situation, his wife, the parents, the daughter'.

"I had him with the national team".

A lanky fullback with strong aerial ability, the Fiorentina captain and central defender presided over eight clean sheets, or shutouts, for Fiorentina this season.

The Italian league postponed all seven Serie A matches scheduled for Sunday following Mr Astori's death.

All games in Serie A were called off as Italy and the football world mourns the sudden loss of Astori.

The EFA said in its letter that the death of Fiorentina's captain was a great shock, especially for the Egyptian players Mohamed Salah and Ahmed Hegazi, as they were teammates in Fiorentina.

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He joined Cagliari in 2008 and spent most of his career there, appearing in 174 games and scoring three times, before going on loan to Roma in 2014 and then to Fiorentina in 2015. "It's very hard to explain this situation".

Astori scored his only worldwide goal in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup third-place play-off against Uruguay in Salvador, giving Italy a first-half lead in a match that finished 2-2.

Radja Nainggolan, a Belgian global who played with Astori at two clubs, posted a photo of the two of them joyously celebrating a goal at Cagliari.

"You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world, one that people have left behind, with values like altruism, elegance, politeness and respect towards others.

You've been one of the best sportspeople I've ever met". It is attractive to see the world of football celebrate the life and career of Davide Astori despite his premature passing.

"Davide was always the epitome of great professionalism and reliability", Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco tweeted.

Italian soccer has more stringent rules and tests than many other countries, with professional athletes in Italy required to undergo certain checks every six months.

Following the confirmation of his death by Fiorentina, the African players unite in mourning the Italy star who made 14 global appearances for the Azzurri.

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