The Italian football player’s union (AIC) have followed in the footsteps of their Spanish counterparts and confirmed strike action for the first weekend of matches.
The AIC and the topflight clubs failed to reach an agreement on a new deal protecting players rights – notably clubs trying to force players to move in the last year of their contracts and coaches forcing unwanted players to train away from the first team.
Serie A outfits also want the players to pay a new solidarity tax rather than the clubs. The dispute started two season’s ago when a previous agreement expired. Then strikes were twice averted at the last minute.
No such luck this time around as matchday one of the new serie A season, which was supposed to start this weekend, is well and truly off.