Sunday, 3 August 2008

Italian leagues set for strike

The Italian Footballers' Association (AIC) has proposed a strike for the first day of the lower league season, and Serie A and B games could also be affected.

Italian authorities have angered the AIC by setting a limit on the number of players allowed in squads in Lega Pro 1 and 2, the new name of Serie C1 and C2.

It is claimed the move will prevent further clubs from running into financial difficulties after a number folded last year, but the AIC says hundreds of players will, therefore, be at risk of unemployment.

And a lower league strike has now been planned for 31st August and it is claimed AIC members in Serie A and B will also delay the start of their games by 30 minutes.

"On the first day of the season, Serie A and B teams will take the field 30 minutes late as a sign of solidarity," a statement on the AIC's official website read.

Source: Sky Sports

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