Davide Astori Fiorentina

Incredible scenes as thousands gather for final farewell to late Davide Astori (Video)

Amazing footage of the scene outside the church where the funeral of late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori was held this morning has been going viral online, for all the right reasons.

Tragedy

The football world has been in mourning this week, following the shock news that former Italian international and Viola central defender Astori had passed away in his sleep on Sunday night.

All of the Serie A fixtures due to be played out on Sunday were subsequently cancelled, with tributes having since poured in for the talented stopper:

Bigger than football

Astori’s funeral was held this morning, with representatives and players from a number of Serie A clubs having made the trip to Florence to pay their respects.

Football rivalries were put firmly aside for the day, as showcased by the fact that the contingent of Juventus stars who travelled to the ceremony were applauded by the waiting Fiorentina fans (the two clubs are bitter historical rivals):

Fitting farewell

However, no doubt the most gripping scene of the day came as Astori’s coffin was carried out of the church, as thousands of Fiorentina supporters gathered to say one final farewell to ‘Il Capitano’.

Purple scarves, flags and flares formed an unmistakable Viola wall, with chanting and applause in the name of Astori having filled the Florence air.

Check out the touching scene below:

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