27 Aug 2011

Italy first division football delayed by strike

10:50 am on 27 August 2011

Footballers in Italy have announced a strike, which will delay the opening matches of the Serie A scheduled for this weekend.

Players' union AIC is unhappy about clubs trying to force players to move in the last year of their contracts, the BBC reports

The clubs want players themselves to pay a tax recently introduced by the government on wages over 90,000 euros per year as part of its latest austerity package, rather than the clubs.

The new season was due to start on Saturday with Siena hosting Fiorentina and titleholders AC Milan visiting Cagliari.

The BBC reports the dispute has rumbled on since the end of the 2009-10 season season when a previous agreement expired, but strikes were twice averted at the last minute last year.