Tuesday August 30 2011
Players 'optimistic' strike will end

AIC President Damiano Tommasi is “optimistic” the strike will be called off for Week 2, but clubs within the Lega are still fighting.

The strike was called by the Players' Association to cancel Serie A's opening weekend when the union of clubs (Lega) refused to sign the collective bargaining contract.

“Our desire is to get back on the field,” said players' representative and former Roma star Tommasi.

“I am optimistic, as in my view we have what it takes to reach an agreement before the second round.

“I would be surprised if we failed to find a deal again. It would be an important signal for Italian football if we got together and sorted things out to play the next round.”

However, there continue to be huge problems within the Lega, who voted 18-2 against signing the collective bargaining contract last week.

Cagliari were one of only two clubs who voted in favour and President Massimo Cellino has been extremely vocal in blaming Lega President Maurizio Beretta for the strike.

“I saw the running order of the next Lega meeting and debating the collective bargaining contract is only in penultimate place,” blasted Cellino.

“I consider what has been done to the players to be unjust. There are Presidents who I won't name and they didn't want to share this logic. Beretta has another job at Unicredit and he should resign if he can't focus.”