Saturday August 27 2011
Clubs 'did not want to start season'

The Federation will intervene to prevent a new strike on Monday, but some Presidents feel “a few clubs didn't want to start the season.”

The opening weekend of the Serie A campaign was called off after the Players' Association (AIC) called a strike due to the collective bargaining contract talks breaking down.

It's believed the FIGC has already spoken to both the AIC and the Lega to resume crisis talks on Monday, as if the situation is not resolved then the strike could also affect Week 2 on September 11.

Meanwhile, there are surprising comments from Bologna President Albano Guaraldi on the background to the negotiations.

“I think we will go back to the regular schedule in 15 days because I believe that, as always in these situations, everyone will take a step back.

“In my view the interim agreement would've been a good option so we could have all the time needed to discuss the contract.

“Bologna were ready to go forward, but other clubs perhaps were not prepared and didn't want to start the season. They did not act in any way to avoid the protest.”

The AIC claimed the Lega was being unreasonable in refusing to even discuss a temporary deal to get the season started on Friday.