Tragic Astori to remain in FIFA 18

Davide Astori Fiorentina Benevento Serie A
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The Fiorentina captain died at the age of 31 earlier this month, but will remain in the world's most popular football video game

EA Sports has confirmed that Davide Astori will remain in FIFA 18.

The Fiorentina captain tragically passed away in his sleep at the age of 31 on March 4.

Fiorentina have subsequently mourned their captain, both in public and in private, and won their emotionally-charged return to Serie A action against Benevento.

Astori, like every player across Europe's top leagues, was featured in the latest FIFA release, and EA Sports has now revealed that, after consultation with the club, he will stay in the game.

In FIFA Ultimate Team, where users trade players, Astori will not be available in packs, and his price range has been reduced, meaning he is more affordable for those who wish to have him in their squad.

Astori FIFA 18

"FIFA community, along with the entire football world, we are saddened by the passing of Davide Astori," read a statement that has greeted players in the game.

"After consulting with Fiorentina since Davide's passing, and to ensure we best honour his legacy, we will be taking the following actions: At the request of the club, Davide Astori will remain in the current Fiorentina squad in FIFA.

"Davide Astori FUT items will no longer be available in packs.

"The max price range of Davide Astori FUT items will be reduced.

"We again send our sincerest sympathies to the family, the entire Fiorentina club, and his fans all around the world. The FIFA team."

Astori is survived by his partner Francesca and his two-year-old daughter, Vittoria.