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Strike by players to halt Serie A in Italy

AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo
AC Milan defender Oddo announced the planned strike

Players in Serie A plan to strike in a fortnight's time in a protest over their rights in transfer negotiations.

A collective contract between the Italian Players' Association (AIC) and Serie A guaranteeing players' rights expired in the summer.

Talks on a new deal failed, leading to plans to strike on 25-26 September.

The strike was announced in a statement read by AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo and signed by the captains and union representatives of all 20 clubs.

The 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.

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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.

The players' association has threatened to strike several times recently over a variety of disputes but it has always previously stepped back from the brink or come to an agreement with club bosses.

Serie A broke away from the rest of the Italian league at the start of this term, with club bosses vowing to run things their way as they attempt to maximise the commercial potential of the Italian top flight.

The club bosses say they will propose a new collective deal to the players on Monday.



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