Italian footballers set to down tools.
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Serie A’s top stars are to go on strike on 11 and 12 December, the Italian Players’ Association (AIC) has said.
The walkout follows a dispute between the AIC – the players’ union – and Lega Calcio over a new collective contract.
Fixtures due to be held on the affected weekend include Lazio’s trip to Juventus and Roma against Bari.
The strike follows a rejection by the top-flight clubs of a proposal to reopen talks about a new contract, which lays basic rights of players.
The contract had expired in the summer and the AIC said players would strike if a new agreement was not reached by 30 November. (BBC Sport)
It seems that avenues of discussion have run dry and the AIC have had enough of waiting for a new deal to be put before them and with no sign of a new deal in place a strike has been called. It will be interesting to see how Lega Calcio act as clearly unlike the situation arose in the SPL last weekend, they are unlikely to be able to field foreign sides to stand in for teams.
Whilst it is true that it is hard to feel a great deal of sympathy for millionaire footballers it does seem that the powers that be have dragged their feet on this issue and given the power the players undoubtedly have and the inability for the Italian football system to run without the players themselves, a deal will have to be agreed sooner rather than later.
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