Friday August 19 2011
Serie A strike threat remains

The opening weekend of the Serie A season could be postponed due to a players' strike, as talks again failed to reach a conclusion today.

The Players' Association (AIC) has threatened to strike in protest at the fact the collective bargaining contract has still not been signed by the union of Serie A clubs (Lega Serie A).

It was hoped there would be a breakthrough today during a meeting of the Lega in Milan, but there were not enough directors present to fully discuss the deal.

“In the absence of several Presidents, we decided to postpone the discussion on the collective bargaining contract, but we will continue along our planned route,” said Udinese patron Gino Pozzo.

The sticking point is Article 7, which protects the rights of players not to be frozen out of training with the squad.

“We are waiting to understand how this rule will be interpreted, to avoid the grey area that could lead to both bullying and also players forcing the hand of the club. We hope the season can start regularly without a strike.”

The opening weekend is set for August 27-28.

There is also another issue that the Lega Serie A are not happy with, namely the contribution to be paid to unemployed players.

The clubs want it made very clear in the collective bargaining contract that this contribution is provided by players who earn above a certain wage and will not cost anything to the clubs.

Meanwhile, the opening weekend of La Liga in Spain has officially been postponed due to their own players going on strike because of unpaid wages.

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