Sunday August 28 2011
Di Benedetto fears strike damage

Roma's new owner Thomas Di Benedetto worries the Serie A strike “can do a lot of damage to the business of sport.”

The opening weekend of the season was postponed by the Players' Association (AIC) when the union of clubs (Lega) rejected a collective bargaining contract.

“As far as I am concerned, a strike is never healthy,” American investor Di Benedetto told Sky Sport Italia.

“If it is resolved quickly, then I hope the consequences will not be too serious.”

However, the AIC have warned the strike could continue into Week 2 on September 10-11 if a deal is not worked out.

“From what I understand, at the moment there are a few issues in the balance between the clubs and players, but I think they will reach an agreement.

“If not, then I think the impact could be enormous, because when there have been strikes in the past, it took a long time for fans to become passionate about their teams again.

“Therefore, this type of strike can do a lot of damage to the business of sport.”

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