Friday 20 April 2018

WATCH: Emotional scenes in Florence where Fiorentina and Benevento players paid tribute to Davide Astori

Fiorentina's midfielder and new captain Milan Badelj (C) reacts as referee Fabrizio Pasqua and Fiorentina's defender Vincent Laurini (R) comfort him
Fiorentina's midfielder and new captain Milan Badelj (C) reacts as referee Fabrizio Pasqua and Fiorentina's defender Vincent Laurini (R) comfort him
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fiorentina paid emotional tributes to their captain Davide Astori before and during Sunday's 1-0 win over Benevento at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

The Serie A club were playing their first game since Astori died suddenly in his sleep at the team hotel last week.

Fans unveiled banners in Astori's honour and players warmed up in shirts bearing his name and number, while the match was halted in the 13th minute for a sustained round of applause.

Vitor Hugo headed the only goal of the game in the 25th minute and celebrated by hugging coach Stefano Pioli before raising a shirt picturing Astori to the crowd.

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