Tuesday November 30 2010
Lotito slams 'illogical' players' strike

Lazio President Claudio Lotito has condemned the “extremely serious” players' strike. “It is beyond all logic.”

The AIC (Italian Players' Association) has confirmed strike action on the weekend of December 11-12 after talks broke down over the collective bargaining contract.

“The behaviour of the AIC is extremely serious,” slammed Lotito. “The representatives didn't even let Federation President Giancarlo Abete speak.

“Their position is beyond all logic and we cannot understand why they are doing this.”

One of the main sticking points in the collective bargaining contract is the issue of players who are ‘frozen out' – made to train away from the main squad.

Lazio prompted the change after Goran Pandev won the termination of his contract because the club would not allow him to train with the team, therefore preventing him from performing his work.

“We never said they were frozen out, but referred to training in different groups, which is what happens in other countries in Europe,” explained Lotito.

“There is a real attempt to cloud judgment on this issue. A side with 40 players cannot have them all train together, as it's an organisational problem.

“The collective bargaining contract signed 30 years ago is no longer applicable and we must start from scratch.

“We had limited our proposal to eight points, but the AIC refused to negotiate beyond six.”

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