A minute's silence was impeccably observed by fans at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as Fiorentina played host to Benevento.
The breakthrough came in the 25th minute courtesy of Vitor Hugo, the man who replaced Astori in the Viola line-up and scored his first ever goal for the Florence outfit. He previously spent six seasons at Cagliari and one on loan at AS Roma.
Astori made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017 and was in the squad at the Confederations Cup in 2013 where Italy finished third.
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He responded with, "June nine, after I win and lock eyes with my handsome wife, embrace my coaches and shout out my entire team". His one and only fight to date ended in disaster that night, as he was steamrolled by the younger, more talented Mickey Gall .