Astori’s funeral draws thousands

The Associated PressFLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in one of Florence’s main squares for the funeral of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori on Thursday.

Some arrived at 7 a.m., three hours before the start of the funeral at Basilica di Santa Croce.

The hearse carrying Astori’s body was greeted by loud applause and shouts of his name and “grande capitano” (great captain).

The square then fell silent for a few minutes, while many raised Fiorentina scarves and banners in the air. Astori’s family arrived along with the hearse, as did his partner, Francesca Fioretti, and their 2-year-old daughter, Vittoria.


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