Fiorentina to rename training ground after Astori

Italian football club Fiorentina are to rename their training ground the "Centro Sportivo Davide Astori" in honour of their former captain.

Astori died suddenly at the age of 31 earlier this month.

Astori, who played 289 Serie A matches over 10 seasons and won 14 caps for Italy, died of what authorities said was cardiac arrest in his hotel room ahead of a league game against Udinese.

"We've made this decision because that was his home," Fiorentina president Mario Cognigni told Italian media outlet Mediaset.

"He went there every day for training and used to spend time there with his family too.

"We believe that honouring him in this way is the right thing to do, so the training ground will now be called Centro Sportivo Davide Astori.

"We will do it as soon as possible."

Fiorentina had earlier retired the No. 13 jersey worn by Astori.

The defender's death left Italian football in shock. Thousands of supporters turned out, along with fellow players and coaches, at his funeral on March 8. - AFP