NEWS
Monday September 5 2011
Deal done, Serie A will start

Serie A will kick off on Friday with Milan against Lazio after an agreement over the collective bargaining contract was reached.

A dispute over the deal, between the League and the AIC – Italian Players' Association, saw Week 1 postponed due to strike action.

However, after numerous rounds of talks, an interim agreement which expires in June 2012 was signed by Lega President Maurizio Beretta and AIC chief Damiano Tommasi today.

"The clubs have received a lot of what they were wanting," Beretta noted. "It's an innovative agreement."

Tommasi commented: "We'll play. You have to credit the players for the good sense they have shown in these talks.

"If, as Beretta says, the clubs have received a lot, then there won't be a need to discuss too much when it comes to the new deal which will be required once the interim one expires."

The Italian top-flight campaign will thus begin this weekend with Milan-Lazio on Friday evening at 19.45 UK time.

The Saturday night match is Cesena-Napoli, while Juventus-Parma opens Sunday at 11.30. Palermo-Inter concludes Week 2 at 19.45 on Sunday September 11.

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