Dani Alves Apologies for Insensitive Comments After Tragic Death of Davide Astori

Mario Balotelli among stars at funeral of tragic Italy star Davide Astori

Mario Balotelli among stars at funeral of tragic Italy star Davide Astori

On Wednesday night they dedicated victory at Wembley to Davide Astori and today Juventus's players gathered to say goodbye to their former Italy team-mate. Balotelli attended the ceremony along with Marco van Basten, Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti, Javier Zanetti, and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Following the funeral for Astori on Thursday, the Fiorentina players will now have to regroup ahead of their clash against Benevento, as they look to remain in the top half of the league.

Fiorentina announced on Sunday morning that Astori had died following a "sudden illness".

Chiellini after the match said: "We dedicate the win to him".

"I cried many times". It is not easy but he's always in our heart. "Life goes on for us, but we have lots of thoughts and when you close your eyes, you see his daughter and think of what has happened and it's very hard to accept". And we go to give last "ciao" together with our teammates. You make us feel secure all the time and we will never forget your smile.

Thousands gather for the Fiorentina captain's funeral. Image PA Images
Thousands gather for the Fiorentina captain's funeral. Image PA Images

"You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world, in which values such as altruism, elegance, education and respect for others, were the masters".

Juve and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon also paid tribute to Astori, who won 14 caps for his national side.

"You were one of the best sporting figures in which I came across".

The Italian worldwide leaves behind long-term wife Francesca Fioretti and their two-year-old daughter Vittoria.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves has apologised on Twitter for comments he made about the death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori. I didn't know Davide personally, but my Fiorentina friends had always drawn a splendid picture of him. When the awful news arrived of the death of our captain, I had the same reaction: I was in shock, speechless, for a death without an answer.

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