Buffon cries at minute’s silence for Astori
After Davide Astori’s death, the AC Florence played its first series A game – with highly emotional moments. In Turin, Gianluigi Buffon mourned his former colleague.
With an impressive tribute to his captain Davide Astori, who died a week earlier, the AC Florence has returned to the daily routine of the Italian championship.
The match against tail-light Benevento Calcio (1:0) ended an emotional week for the club from the capital of Tuscany in the Stadio Communale Artemio Franchi, which sold out with 47,000 spectators.
In the other stadiums of Serie A, a minute’s silence was also observed for Astori. In Turin, where Juventus had the right to a home against Udinese Calcio, many players had tears in their eyes.
Even Gianluigi Buffon could not hide his tears. The keeper got a breather and was only on the bench when he won 2-0.
Shortly after Astori’s death, Buffon had sent an emotional letter to his former national team mate.
Buffon was also present at the funeral service in Florence on Thursday.
“There are people who don’t die. Bon voyage, Capitano,”was one of many messages from the famous Curva Fiesole to Astori at the Florence stadium, Artemio Franchi, who had been found dead a week earlier in his hotel room in Udine.
In the middle of the playing field before the kick-off was an oversized banner with Astori’s jersey number 13, which the Fiorentina will never give away again. It said,”Captain forever.”
In addition, the team bid farewell to their long-time captain, who died of heart failure at the age of 31 and was buried last Thursday with great public participation, high-ranking politicians and the Italian football celebrities, with a poster on which “Ciao Davide” was written.
A week after Astori’s tragic death, thousands of fans of the club wore his jersey, and a few hundred balloons in the club’s purple colour were sent to heaven with the whistle.
Based on Astori’s back number, the game was played in the 13th minute. minute. During the minute of silence, players, referees, officials and of course the Tifosi applause for the Capitano.
Some AC pros and coach Stefano Pioli had tears in their eyes when the fans also conjured up a gigantic choreography “Davide 13” in the club and Italian national colours on the stands.
“Davide was a special person, a special captain who always said the right thing at the right moment. I miss him more every day when I go on the court. My crew cries, they suffer. Davide was her captain, her point of contact,”said Pioli before the game.