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Serie A set to be hit by strike

The start of the Serie A season in Italy looks certain to be delayed by a strike after talks on Thursday failed to produce an agreement between players and the top-flight clubs.

The clubs rejected a proposal by the Italian FA to resolve the matter.

And Serie A president Mauizio Beretta called on the Italian Players Union (AIC) to accept the clubs' offer.

But the AIC is unhappy about clubs trying to force players to move in the last year of their contracts.

And the clubs are also unhappy because they want players to pay a new tax that applies to high earners imposed by the Italian government as part of austerity measures.

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

The AIC has previously stated there would be no matches on the opening day of the new Serie A season if a new agreement was not signed and its president Damiano Tommasi reiterated its stance.

"We said it several days ago and we repeat today: without the signing of the collective contract, the players will not go out on to the pitch on Saturday and Sunday," he said.

Eighteen of the 20 clubs in Italy's top flight voted against the players' proposal at a meeting held in Milan on Wednesday afternoon.

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


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