Serie A footballers to go on strike

Italian Serie A footballers will go on a strike on 11 and 12 December, according to Italian Player’s association.


The reason for this strike is a dispute between the player’s union(AIC) and Lega Calcio over a new contract. The top flight clubs have refused to talk about the new contract which lays down basic rights of the players. Serie A president Maurizio Beretta was disappointed after the last talks yielded no result but hopes the strike would be called off.
"Today’s meeting was incredible, without precedence in history," Beretta stated.
"The union refused to listen to the intervention of the federation president, which included the issue of players outside the squad. At that point they got up from the table and left."
The union is unhappy with Lega Calcio’s demands that the team’s unwanted players must train away from their first team squads and accept transfers even when they are under contract.
AIC vice-president Leonardo Gross said: "The strike has been called for 11 and 12 December. We are very sad because there was a willingness to find an agreement."

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