Fiorentina and Cagliari have retired their No 13 shirt in memory of Davide Astori, the Italian clubs have announced.
The 31-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Udine on Sunday, hours before Fiorentina were due to face Udinese in a Serie A fixture.
All of Sunday’s seven Serie A games were postponed as a result and tributes from across the footballing world poured in for the defender, who won 14 caps for Italy.
And on Tuesday Fiorentina and Cagliari, Astori’s club between 2008 and 2016, announced they had retired the number 13 shirt in honour of their former player.
Fiorentina tweeted: ‘In honour of Davide Astori’s memory, Cagliari and Fiorentina have decided to retire the No 13 shirt.’
Cagliari, having changed their Twitter handle to ‘Ciao Davide’, added: ‘To honour their memory and make indelible the memory of David Astori, @acffiorentina and @CagliariCalcio have decided to jointly withdraw the jersey with the number 13.’
The club confirmed the sad news on Sunday morning with their game at Udinese postponed
Fiorentina announced on Sunday morning that Astori had died following a ‘sudden illness’, and a day later prosecutors opened a culpable homicide case over his death.
The chief prosecutor in Udine, Antonio De Nicolo, said on Monday that a culpable homicide case — which in Britain is known as manslaughter — would be opened, but that it was a formality at this stage and that ‘no one has a responsibility for anything’.
He added in quotes published by Italian news agency ANSA: ‘An inquiry has been opened for culpable homicide against persons unknown.
‘It is a duty to ascertain if the death of Astori came about through tragic fatality or if someone could have foreseen something.
‘At this moment no one has responsibility for anything which would seem to us to amount to something.
‘It permits us to individualise responsibility if there is any.’
A post mortem will be performed on Tuesday with Astori’s funeral being held at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence on Thursday morning.