25 Aug 2011

Strike threatens Serie A kick off

3:56 pm on 25 August 2011

The start of Italy's Serie A football season is in jeopardy, with the league refusing to sign an agreement over players' rights just three days before the competition is due to kick off.

The Italian Players Union says players won't be turning out for their clubs unless the league signs the agreement, which has been the subject of negotiations for the past year.

The main sticking point concerns players who are no longer wanted by their clubs.

The players union wants guarantees that these players will not be forced to train separately from their squads or be forced to move.

The clubs want their coaching staff to be allowed to make the decision.