Italian Seria A side Fiorentina have announced that captain Davide Astori has died at the age of 31.
A club statement said he died during his sleep at the team hotel while they were set to play Udinese in Serie A fixture on Sunday afternoon.
“Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” read a club statement.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”
La Fiorentina profondamente sconvolta si trova costretta a comunicare che e’ scomparso il suo capitano Davide Astori, colto da improvviso malore.
Per la terribile e delicata situazione, e soprattutto per rispetto della sua famiglia si fa appello alla sensibilità di tutti. pic.twitter.com/bFGnkReWEC
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 4, 2018