• Astori was due to play in a match against Udinese on Sunday
• The defender won 14 caps for Italy during his career
Fiorentina captain Davide Astori has died aged 31, the Italian club have confirmed.
Astori was staying a hotel with his team-mates ahead of their game on Sunday away at Udinese when he passed away.
The defender won 14 caps for Italy in a career which started at AC Milan, although he never played a first team game for the club before being sold to Cagliari.
“Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died,” read the statement.
“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of the media.”
The match against Udinese has been postponed following the announcement of the player’s death. It was later confirmed that all Serie A games were to be postponed out of respect for Astori.
Former Cagliari team-mate Radja Nainggolan wrote on Instagram: “A great player, but even more than that, a great person. How many battles we were in together at Cagliari, then found each other again at Roma I still can’t believe it. My thoughts are with his family and those close to him. RIP.”
During his career Astori played spent time on loan at Roma and Fiorentina before joining the latter club two years ago on a permanent basis after six years as a Cagliari player. Astori was a member of the Italy squad for the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, scoring his only international goal in the third-place playoff against Uruguay, which Italy won on penalties.
Former Roma manager Rudi Garcia tweeted: “The news of the untimely death of my former player Davide Astori pains me. A professional and exemplary guy. I am close to the family and his loved ones. Rest in peace Davide.”
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Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation set to unveil logo, mascot for Lagos 2019
The Nigeria Para-powerlifting Federation (NPPF), is set to unveil its Logo and Mascot for the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championship.
Queen Uboh, the President of the federation told newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, October 29.
According to Uboh, “the federation is prepared and ready for the unveiling billed to take place on Thursday, November, 1 at Oriental hotel and suite, Lagos.
“This is in preparation towards the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championship which we won the right to host come January 2019, we are ready for the unveiling of the logo and mascot”.
“We employ lovers of the game to come and support this and together we can put smile on the faces of this disabled athletes who have found ability in disability,” Queen Uboh said.
The president commended the efforts of Peak Milk for providing a world class facility in Lagos for the para-power athletes to train, and appealed to other corporate organisations and state governments to support NPPF.
She called on the sport ministry, state government and corporate organisation to contribute and uplift the game of powerlifting and also think of a better welfare package for the athletes after retirement.
She revealed that her priority was to make sure when these athletes are no longer active, they have something to fall back to and call their own.
It would be recalled that the six athletes that represented the country in the powerlifting events of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, each clinched a medal, returning with a total of six medals.
Also, Esther Oyema set a new world record after securing a lift of 131kg.
Uboh added: “Most stakeholders in the country do not really care and think about this disable athletes who even with their condition continue to make this nation proud anytime they have the opportunity to represent their father land.
“In the last Olympic games in Australia they made sure the nation anthem was heard, even where the able bodied athletes couldn’t succeed.
“We went with only six athletes to Gold Coast and each of them came back with a medal. If we had presented more than six athletes we would have won more medals.
“So, the athletes are ready for the tournament come January 2019,” she added.
Fraud: Man United boss, Mourinho sentenced to one year imprisonment
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly accepted a one-year suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain.
Mourinho is alleged to have defrauded the Spanish authorities of €1.9 million (£1.78 million) during his time in charge of Real Madrid, using offshore companies in Ireland, the British Virgin Islands and New Zealand to conceal his earnings.
The Portuguese is thought to have earned around €3.3 million (£2.9 million) from image rights in 2011 and 2012, of which he has been fined 60 per cent.
El Mundo claims that Mourinho will accept in writing that he concealed that income from the authorities, avoiding the need for a trial and ensuring that he will not serve any jail time.
Mourinho is the latest high-profile football name to be penalised for tax evasion by the Spanish authorities, with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexis Sanchez and Javier Mascherano also being caught in recent years.
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