The Italian football league, Serie A, has suspended all of today’s fixtures

The captain of Italy's Fiorentina football team has been found dead in a hotel room.

In a statement published on its website, Fiorentina said: "Fiorentina are profoundly shaken and forced to announce that their captain Davide Astori has died.

"For this terrible and delicate situation - and above all out of respect for his family - we appeal to the sensitivity of the media."

A club spokesman said he could not give a cause of death ahead of an autopsy but Italian media reported that Astori died of a heart attack during the night.

The 31-year-old, who has a two-year-old daughter, was staying in an Udine hotel to prepare for Sunday's match against Udinese, which has been postponed.

All of today's Serie A fixtures have been cancelled following the tragedy.