Italian striker Mario Balotelli is reportedly not happy with Dani Alves's comments about Davide Astori’s death.
The Fiorentina defender’s untimely death from a cardiac arrest on Sunday devastated the football community with all Serie A matches postponed on on the said day as Italian football came to terms with such unexpected and upsetting news about a man who, by all accounts, was a class act both on and off the pitch.
Fiorentina announced on Tuesday that they have retired the number 13 shirt and Cagliari, where Astori spent eight years from 2008 followed suit. But amid the outpouring of grief and tributes for the Italian defender, there has been a backlash about comments that Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil full-back Dani Alves made earlier this week.
Alves who starred for Italian Juventus last
term before making the switch to France last summer was quoted by The Sun
as saying: "We were not disturbed too much because we did not know him very much, I am sorry for his family.
"I think that Davide has done what he owed in this chaotic world and that now he is in a better world. But in the world every day thousands of children who do not receive much attention die of hunger and they are just as important.
"We all have to die sooner or later because we are passing through. Maybe we are sad, but certainly not like his family."
Needless to say, Alves’s rather insensitive and unnecessary response has not gone down well with the controversial Nice striker Mario Balotelli.
"What he said wasn’t wrong, but he could’ve kept it to himself at that moment.
"Unfortunately, I can’t go to the funeral on Thursday because I have a training session, otherwise I would’ve got in the car and attended.
"It’s something that happened despite the many checks we players are subjected to once a month. It’s scary to think about this,
because he was in bed and seemed fine. It’s too easy to find yourself going up into the sky." Balotelli was quoted as saying by Football Italia