Saturday September 3 2011
'Optimism' on Serie A strike

The Players' Association is “moderately optimistic” the strike can be called off for Week 2, while the FIGC insists football “must” resume.

Week 1 was postponed on the weekend of August 27-28 when the AIC protested at the union of Serie A clubs (Lega) refusing to sign a collective bargaining contract.

Negotiations have continued over the last week and an interim agreement proposed.

“We received the proposal from the Lega's meeting on September 1 and are working on it,” read a statement from AIC President Damiano Tommasi.

“There is moderate optimism.”

However, the Federation is determined to push through an interim deal to keep the sport going to the end of the season.

“There are now the conditions in place for the AIC to sign the collective bargaining contract,” read a statement from the FIGC.

“We are certain that Serie A must start next week.”