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PHOTOS: Stars flock Florence for Astori's funeral - FCNaija

Serie A By: Linus Onyeze | 08/03/2018

Football stars from across Italian football and beyond have stormed Florence for the funeral of Davide Astori, the Fiorentina captain who was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday.

The Italy international was discovered hours before his team were scheduled to play Udinese in a Serie A match.

And on Thursday, his team-mates were pictured arriving at the Santa Croce church in Florence ahead of the service, which began at 10am in Italy, while thousands of fans lined the streets and filled one of the main squares, some arriving as early as three hours before the funeral started.

The square fell silent and fans held their Fiorentina scarves aloft as Astori's coffin was carried into the Santa Croce church

Buffon followed the Juventus squad into the church - they flew back especially after Champions League win over Tottenham

They applauded loudly as Astori's coffin was driven past Fiorentina's Artemio Franchi stadium. There were shouts of his name and 'grande capitano' (great captain) and a banner held up read: 'Per sempre nostro capitano (forever our captain)'.