It’s been two months since Davide Astori died, although it feels like so much longer. In the aftermath, some deeply irresponsible reports swirled around the internet that Fiorentina had decided to honor the player’s new contract, which he was due to sign two days before his death. In the ensuing chaos, the club had to reiterate that no, they hadn’t done anything of the sort, and were primarily focused on helping the Astori family through their grief; a lot of that was, per the family’s request, leaving them alone.
After what we can presume were long and detailed discussions, though, Fiorentina a have announced that they’ve created a trust which will benefit Davide’s 2-year-old daughter Vittoria. The Davide Astori trust will be administered by members of the Astori family, including Vittoria’s mother and Davide’s long-time partner Francesca Fioretti.
While we don’t know how much the Viola contributed to the fund, this is a good and correct decision by Fiorentina leadership. By providing some financial security for Vittoria, they have responsibly and intelligently discharged their duty to their former player’s family. They’ve also done so in a way that puts the family, rather than the club, in charge of the money. While it’s not the grand gesture that the online world loves to retweet, it’s the sort of human-centered move that demonstrates that, yes, sometimes the Viola do get it right.