Dani Alves Responds To Balotelli's Criticism Of Astori Comments

The coffin leaves Basilica di Santa Croce as Fiorentina fans let off violet flares and hold their club colours high in tribute to their captain

Mario Balotelli has taken to social media to respond to Dani Alves' insensitive remarks regarding the death of Fiorentina skipper Davide Astori.

Italian worldwide Astori passed away from a cardiac arrest, aged just 31, this past weekend and was found dead in his hotel room just hours before a scheduled match against Udinese.

An autopsy revealed that Astori died of a cardiac arrest by natural causes, but Paris Saint-Germain full-back Alves caused controversy with his comments regarding the incident in a press conference on Monday. Among the attendees were players and officials of Fiorentina as well as figures from clubs across Italy.

Fiorentina and Cagliari, Astori's club between 2008 and 2016, both retired the number 13 shirt in honour of their former player, who won 14 caps for Italy during his career.

Astori leaves behind his partner, Francesca Fioretti, and their 2-year-old daughter.

"I too made too many simple errors, as we were just too anxious".

The coffin of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is carried into Santa Croce church ahead of a funeral service in Florence Italy
The coffin of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is carried into Santa Croce church ahead of a funeral service in Florence Italy

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who was in tears during a minute's silence for Astori at Wembley on Wednesday night, was in attendance along with team-mates and manager Massimiliano Allegri. On Instagram, Buffon wrote: "You were the best expression of an old-fashioned world".

MILAN BADELJ is expected to take over the role of captain from Astori, while Victor Hugo will be in contention to take his place in the side on Sunday.

But they will welcome back Nicolas Viola, who returns from suspension.

"Astori was a good and polite boy, I played with him in the national team". In reality, you are football, the pure kind played by children.

"I was at Milan when he was in the youth teams". "When the bad news of the death of our captain arrived, I had the same reaction you all did: I was shocked, without words".

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