Serie A Strike Set to Continue
August 30, 2011
Serie A soccer Officials are expecting the strike to continue as the first weekend of the new season failed to happen.
Serie A officials on Friday rejected a last-minute proposal from the Italian Players’ Association (AIC) for a one-season deal to avert strike action, ampoule leading to the postponement of Saturday and Sunday’s fixtures. The AIC’s temporary contract was set to run through to June 30, symptoms with the intention of allowing both sides further time to reach an agreement while the football continued.
But Serie A president Maurizio Beretta rejected the idea telling Italian news agency Ansa: “Our assembly was clear. We will only sign an agreement if it contains the two points under discussion – the solidarity contribution and that of training outside the first-team squad.”
The AIC have a very strong opinion on clubs trying to force players to move in the last year of their contracts and unwanted players being forced to train separately. Meanwhile, pills the clubs are seeking to insert a clause confirming players will pay a new solidarity tax announced by the Italian government this month on all workers earning over $129,000 a month. The international break will give both parties sufficient time to discuss the matter.
However, AIC president Damiano Tommasi remains pessimistic that an agreement can be reached. He said: “I have the distinct impression that 15 days will not be enough. We may need months. The Lega is clearly split. They’ve been saying no for a year and a half. The players are disappointed not to be playing but it’s not down to a question of finance or because of a whim. For professionals it’s just right to begin a season with a signed collective agreement.”