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Monday July 6 2020
AIC discuss bringing Serie A kick-offs forward

Current chief Umberto Calcagno confirms the Players' Association is looking into the option of bringing Serie A matches forward by half an hour during the run-in.

The proposal needs the agreement from the players, who seem willing to bring the 18:30 UK time and 20:45 UK time matches forward, but Calcagno reveals the ones scheduled at 16:15 UK time are providing the current obstacle to reach an agreement.

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Monday June 29 2020
Official: Tommasi leaves Players' Association

Damiano Tommasi has announced his resignation as President of the Italian Players’ Association (AIC) with immediate effect.

There will be an election for a new President, but until then vice-president Umberto Calcagno will take on the functions of the President.

Tommasi has been part of the AIC since 1999 and became President in 2011, replacing Sergio Campana.

“There were many complicated moments and we emerged from them with union and teamwork,” wrote the former Roma midfielder in a statement.

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Thursday June 4 2020
Players' Association grateful for fund

The Italian Players’ Association thanked the Government and FIGC for setting up the ‘Salva Calcio’ Fund to ‘secure 2,000 Serie C players’ from financial ruin.

Serie A and B are due to resume from June 20, but Serie C will probably only have the promotion play-offs and relegation play-outs remaining.

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Sunday May 31 2020
Tommasi: 'Need later kick-off times'

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi has urged Serie A to follow La Liga by scheduling summer games late at night, while he’s ‘perplexed’ by the Coppa Italia plan.

The Lega Serie A will work out the calendar on Monday, with the tournament resuming on June 20, while the Coppa Italia is meant to have the semi-finals on June 13-14 and the Final on June 17.

“This is about ensuring health and safety, so I hope the issue of kick-off time won’t become a problem,” Tommasi told Rai Sport.

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Saturday May 30 2020
Players' Association: 'No afternoon games'

The Players’ Association again reiterated they will not accept Serie A matches played in the early afternoon during June and July.

The fixtures will return from June 20 and a packed remaining fixture list means games on almost every day, but the issue remains of when to stagger the kick-offs.

“Playing at 16.00-16.30 in certain periods of the summer becomes a problem not just for the cities in the south, but the north too,” AIC vice-president Umberto Calcagno told Radio Punto Nuovo.

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Thursday May 28 2020
Tommasi: 'Unthinkable to play at 3.30pm'

The Players’ Union President Damiano Tommasi has voiced his concern about the health of the players and claimed the early kick-off must be scrapped during summer months.

In Italy, the expected heat will provide an issue for Serie A, who work on the resumption of the championship.

Tommasi has pointed out that the matches must be set in the evening, as it’s ‘unthinkable’ to play during a mid-summer’s day.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Tommasi raises contract issue

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi insists the only way they can move through the issue of contracts expiring is ‘with a gentleman’s agreement.’

The season is extended to at least August because of the two-month lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, but contracts still expire on June 30.

“It’s impossible to get a legal extension,” AIC President Tommasi told Sky Sport Italia.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Players rule out 16.30 kick-off

The Players’ Association warned the idea of playing Serie A games at 16.30 local time in the peak of summer is ‘out of the question.’

There had been suggestions the fixtures would be spread out through three kick-off times, at 16.30, 18.45 and 21.00.

However, in the medical protocol presented to the Minister for Sport today, there was no sign of the earlier match slot.

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Thursday May 21 2020
Players' Association on 'unacceptable' ruling

The Italian Players’ Association released a statement warning they will not stand for the financial incentives that could allow clubs to avoid paying their employees.

The FIGC passed down a series of rulings yesterday, including ways of helping Serie A, B and C clubs to get through the financial difficulty of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wednesday May 20 2020
Players' Association protest salary ruling

Players’ Association President Damiano Tommasi is furious at the latest FIGC ruling. ‘It means clubs might not have to pay their players until August!’

Today’s meeting with the Italian Football Federation made several decisions regarding the season for Serie A, B and C.

Although the headlines were taken by the dates and potential for play-offs, there were other matters at hand too, including some financial aids for clubs struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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