Fiorentina and Cagliari have announced that they will be retiring the number 13 shirt following the tragic death of Davide Astori.
Fiorentina captain Astori was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning ahead of their Serie A game away to Udinese, with the cause of death still unknown.
Per onorarne la memoria e rendere indelebile il ricordo di Davide Astori, @CagliariCalcio e Fiorentina hanno deciso di ritirare congiuntamente la maglia con il numero 13. #DA13⚜️ pic.twitter.com/KXP6s8WFlG— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) March 6, 2018
The defender made over 170 appearances for Cagliari when he joined the side from Milan in 2008. He then signed for Fiorentina in 2015 on loan before the move was made permanent a year later. Astori, who was reportedly due to sign a new deal with La Viola on Monday, was set to make his 92nd appearance for the Serie A side at the weekend.
A statement released by Fiorentina read:
A minute's silence will be observed before every UEFA @ChampionsLeague and @EuropaLeague game this week in honour of @acffiorentina and Italy defender Davide Astori, who died suddenly at the weekend at the age of 31. pic.twitter.com/8Bni0bXwYC— UEFA (@UEFA) March 5, 2018
Meanwhile, manslaughter proceedings have since been launched by Italian prosecutors as they seek to determine the causes behind Astrori's sudden death.
“We have opened criminal proceedings over the hypothesis of manslaughter," chief prosecutor
WATCH: Antonio Conte's touching tribute to Fiorentina captain, Davide Astori, who he managed when with the national team. pic.twitter.com/UhYTqrV0UB— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) March 4, 2018
“For now, it’s been brought against unknown persons. We’ve arranged an autopsy, which will be performed soon.
Due to Italian law, the procedure is the only way the authorities are allowed to carry out an autopsy and, as such, there is currently no suggestion of foul play.