Police launched a criminal investigation into the Fiorentina captain’s Davide Astori over his tragic death was linked to manslaughter.
Italy international was found dead in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday, hours before his team were
due to face Udinese in a Serie A fixture.
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But Udine prosecutor Antonio de Nicolo stressed the proceedings are normal said: "We have opened criminal proceedings over the hypothesis of manslaughter,” he explained.
"For now, it’s been brought against unknown persons. We’ve arranged an autopsy, which will be performed on Tuesday.”
He then clarified to ANSA: “We have a duty to ascertain whether Astori’s death was a tragic fatality of if someone knew something.
"For now, no-one is responsible, neither is there anyone who seems as if they could answer anything.
“The start of this judicial procedure allows us to identify any responsibility on the part of anyone.”
Astori leaves behind his partner, Francesca Fioretti, and a two-year-old daughter, Vittoria as he had been due to sign a new contract with the Viola on Monday.