Police in Italy have commenced investigation of manslaughter into the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. The 31-year-old defender died in the early hours of Sunday in a hotel in Udine. He had traveled with his team to play against Udinese in a match which was postponed due to bad weather.
“We have opened criminal proceedings over the hypothesis of manslaughter,” Antonio De Nicolo, Udine chief prosecutor, told Radio Rai.
“For now, it’s been brought against unknown persons. We’ve arranged an autopsy, which will be performed soon.”
Under Italian law, the only way an autopsy could take place on Astori in order to discover the cause of death was to open such a case.
“We have a duty to ascertain whether Astori’s death was a tragic fatality of if someone knew something,” De Nicolo subsequently clarified to ANSA.
“For now, no-one is responsible, neither is there anyone who seems as if they could answer anything.
“The start of this judicial procedure allows us to identify any responsibility on the part of anyone.”
Astori started his senior career with Milan, spending loan spells with Pizzighettone and Cremonese. In 2008 Cagliari signed him in a co-ownership deal, before signing him fully from Milan, for whom he never made a first team appearance, in 2011.
He later spent loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina. He made his international debut for Italy in 2011 and represented his country 14 times, scoring one goal.