SERIE A clubs were left stunned by the announcement that the players in Italy’s top flight will go on strike on the weekend of September 25-26.<
The declaration was made by AC Milan captain Massimo Oddo on behalf of the Italian Players’ Association (AIC), in response to the Lega Calcio’s position on collective contract renewal.
The statement read: “The AIC, in complete agreement with all the Serie A clubs, have decided that these teams will not go out on the pitch for the fifth round of games of Serie A on September 25-26 in order to oppose the (Lega Calcio’s) request for the introduction of a new contractual regime.”
Oddo said the decision had been considered for some time.
At issue is the collective contract between the association and the league, guaranteeing players’ rights. It expired on June 30, but no action has been taken by the Lega Calcio since then.
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