Italy’s Serie A footballers have once again threatened strike action after a dispute over players’ rights resurfaced.
Italian Players Union chief Damiano Tommasi said on Wednesday the start of the new season, beginning on August 27, would be postponed if the Serie A league fails to sign a collective agreement.
The deal was reached with the players last year after tense negotiations during which strikes were twice narrowly averted.
The original dispute was over the rights of clubs to force certain conditions, including transfers, on players approaching the end of their contracts and rules to avoid discrimination over unwanted squad members.
All points on the new deal have been agreed by both parties but the Serie A league has yet to put pen to paper.