Fiorentina and AC Milan pay tribute to former player Davide Astori
Fiorentina’s Serie A tie against AC Milan is stopped in 13th minute for applause to mark the fifth anniversary of Davide Astori’s death with Italian defender having represented both teams before his death in 2018
- Davide Astori was the Fiorentina captain at the time of his death in March 2018
- The Italian international defender also spent seven years at AC Milan as a youth
- Theo Hernandez’s late consolation was not enough to spark AC Milan comeback
Fiorentina’s home tie against AC Milan in Serie A was temporarily halted in the 13th minute to mark the fifth anniversary of Italian centre-back Davide Astori’s passing.
The former Italy international died in his sleep on March 4 2018 prior to an away game to Udinese, and at the time of his death was captain of Fiorentina.
The players put the ball out of play on 13 minutes in the tie, before the players and coaching staff began to clap to mark the occasion.
Those in the crowd then held up cards such that the player’s name, Davide, could be read on a purple background – the colours of Fiorentina – as many spectators held up posters and banners emblazoned with messages to the former skipper.
The stoppage lasted into the 14th minute, before the action was resumed on an incredibly emotionally charged day in Florence.
Fiorentina paid tribute to former captain Davide Astori by stopping their Serie A game in the 13th minute – his shirt number at the club
The game against AC Milan – played on March 4 – marked the fifth anniversary of the defender’s passing
Several players on the pitch looked visibly moved by the tribute shown by both sides, who Astori represented during his career in Italian club football.
Numerous fans had brought banners of their own, with one reading ‘Thank You, Captain,’ and another bearing the message ‘Davide Eternal Captain’.
Starting his career in the AC Milan youth academy, he moved on before ever making a senior appearance for the Italian giants, spending seven years on the books at the San Siro before joining Cagliari – who he represented 179 times.
At the time of his death, Astori had racked up an impressive 379 appearances for five different Italian clubs, with 109 of those coming in the famous purple colours of Fiorentina.
As a result, the club’s supporters traditionally mark the 13th minute – his shirt number – with applause, although without the stoppage in play that was reserved for the fifth anniversary of his death.
Stefano Pioli, the current boss of the Rossoneri, was Astori’s coach at Fiorentina, and along with current Viola captain Cristiano Biraghi, has a tattoo to commemorate the player that reads ‘DA13’.
AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli was the manager of Fiorentina at the time of Astori’s death and has a commemorative tattoo to mark the player’s passing
Fiorentina’s Italian international Cristiano Biraghi celebrates a goal by holding up his fingers to denote Astori’s shirt number
Players were visibly moved on the pitch after stopping the game to applaud in the 13th minute
A video was also shown on the screens at Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi depicting moments from the Italian’s career at the club.
Fiorentina went on to win the match 2-1, despite a late strike from Theo Hernandez in added time, as the 12th-placed side dealt another blow to AC Milan’s bid to finish in the top four with Roma now three behind with a game in hand.
But the tributes were not limited to the Fiorentina game, with Italian great Giorgio Chiellini also honouring his former team-mate.
The 38-year-old scored the opening goal of LAFC’s 3-2 win over Portland, and marked the occasion by saluting and pointing at the sky, before being mobbed by his team-mates at the MLS outfit.
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