Saturday September 3 2011
Players to call off Serie A strike

Sources within the AIC claim the collective bargaining contract will be signed on Monday, calling off the players' strike.

The opening weekend of the Serie A season was postponed when the Players' Association (AIC) called a strike in protest at the union of clubs (Lega) refusing to sign the collective bargaining contract.

The AIC released a statement late on Friday confirming there was “moderate optimism” around the proposed interim agreement.

“The contract will be signed either late morning or early afternoon on Monday September 5. The only things missing are small technical details,” an AIC source told the Ansa news agency.

“We only need to review a few things tied to the regulations and our lawyers are working on finalising everything.”

This means the Serie A season will finally kick off next weekend. The first game will be Milan-Lazio on Friday evening at 19.45 UK time.

The Saturday night match is Cesena-Napoli, while Juventus-Parma opens Sunday at 11.30.

Palermo-Inter concludes Week 2 at 19.45 on Sunday September 11.

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