Serie A Players to Strike

10 09 2010

Serie A was plunged into crisis today as a dispute over contracts has lead to players in Italy’s top league to plan a strike on matches falling on the 25th and 26th of September.

A full programme of fixtures is scheduled for this weekend and a strike would cause havoc with remaining fixtures and broadcasters.

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=massimo+oddo&iid=5660145″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/5660145/massimo-oddo/massimo-oddo.jpg?size=500&imageId=5660145″ width=”234″ height=”238″ /] The stunning revelation was made by AC Milan captain Massimo Oddo (left) on behalf of the Italian Players’ Association (AIC). Oddo said in a news conference: “The association, in perfect symphony with the players of Serie A, has decided not to go on the field for the fifth round of matches of the Serie A championship on Sept. 25 and 26 in protest against requests to impose new contractual rules”.

This is not the first time the Players’ Association has threatened to strike. According to the BBC, this dispute “centres around a proposal by clubs to limit the rights of players to refuse transfers, as Juventus defender Fabio Grosso recently did following an offer from AC Milan”.

“The clubs want the right to insist that when a player has a year remaining on his contract, he must accept a transfer to another, equally competitive club that guarantees the same financial treatment and status”.

“They propose that if the player does not agree to move he must instead come to a deal over his contract with his current employers”.

Serie A, which broke away from the rest of the Italian league this year, has declared that it will propose a new collective deal by Monday.

It is believed that the AIC’s fear is that without a collective agreement, clubs will continue to force players to move to other teams if they only have one year remaining on their contracts.

Mark Jepson

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