After more than three years since the death of Davide Astori, footballer for the Italian National Team and Fiorentina, a penalty of 18 months of prison against him doctor Giorgio Galanti, charged with wrongful death. On March 4, 2018 Astori died of a cardiorespiratory arrest while sleeping in a hotel in the run-up to a match between Fiorentina and Udinese. According to press agencies, the verdict will be known on May 3.
A very shocking news, mainly for Italian football, occurred on March 4, 2018, the soccer player of the national team and captain of Fiorentina in Serie A died before a match with his team against Udinese, in a hotel in the city of Udine due to a cardiorespiratory arrest. Today, more than three years later, the doctor who last saw Davide Astori in mid-2017 begins on trial.
This doctor is the last one who gave “the green light” for Astori to practice sports activity in mid-2017, seven months before the footballer’s death. The man is charged with manslaughter and the ruling will be known approximately May 3. The doctor “acted correctly”, according to what his lawyer, Siegfried Fenyes, said, quoted by the AGI agency. According to the autopsy report, Davide Astori died of tachyarrhythmia, an abnormal acceleration of the heart rate.
The public prosecutor estimated that the doctor, who was then head of the Sports Medicine department at the Careggi hospital in Florence, would have had to carry out complementary tests to try to detect heart disease, taking into account the results of the stress tests. A second doctor had been implicated in the initiation of the investigation, but the actions against him were dropped.
The footballer is well remembered in Italy, to such an extent that Cagliari and Fiorentina removed the number 13 that the player wore on his dorsal. In addition, at the time, mourning was declared in Serie A on the day that Astori died. The two doctors involved missed arrhythmias during stress tests, which could have led to more detailed examinations to rule out an arrhythmogenic syndrome. According to the prosecutor, Astori died of undiagnosed arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy.