Wednesday August 24 2011
Serie A strike likely to go ahead

This weekend's opening Serie A round is increasingly likely to be postponed after the Lega rejected a collective bargaining contract.

The Players' Association (AIC) has threatened to go on strike for Week 1 if the deal was not signed by the Lega (union of Serie A clubs).

“The Lega meeting rejected the agreement with the AIC by a large majority, voting 18 to 2,” revealed Lega President Maurizio Beretta.

The only two clubs who voted in favour of the compromise are Cagliari and Siena.

There is still a small hope of seeing the teams play this weekend, as the Lega proposed two changes to the collective bargaining contract for players.

The first is with regards to Article 4, forcing players to pay the ‘solidarity' contribution for those who find themselves without a club.

Article 7 will also include a change regarding training, as the players are adamant those in the middle of contract disputes must not be forced to train separately from the main squad.

The clubs claim this could make problems for the Coach in case he has to train the full squad of perhaps as many as 40 players.