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Serie A players reiterate strike threat

The Italian Players' association (AIC) have warned they will follow their Spanish counterparts in striking unless a new collective contract is signed before the start of the Serie A season this weekend.

• Spanish strike to continue
• La Liga fixtures postponed by strike

Last week, the opening weekend of fixtures in La Liga were suspended after negotiations between players and clubs regarding wage guarantees collapsed.

And Serie A could be heading in the same direction after representatives from all 20 Serie A clubs met on Monday to reaffirm their demand for the league to sign a new agreement.

"We reiterate our position,'' players' association president Damiano Tommasi said. "If the contract is signed, we will play on Saturday or Sunday. Otherwise, we will stay at home. There is time as on Wednesday the league will meet.''

The AIC said the league has still not signed an agreement reached with the players last year after intense negotiations, during which strikes were twice narrowly averted. An old collective agreement expired at the end of the 2009-10 campaign and talks for its renewal continued throughout last season.

The AIC was especially unhappy about clubs trying to force players to move in the last year of their contracts.


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