The start of the Scottish Premier League could be delayed because of a strike threat by the country’s Referees’ Association.
The referees met with the SPL on Monday without agreement and have further meetings planned for later in the week.
They received £575 per game last season and their fees have been index-linked in recent years, but they are apparently seeking a major increase this season and are reportedly asking for £1000 per game.
The SRA is looking for parity with other comparable leagues in Europe, like Norway, Holland, Belgium and Greece, where referees can earn up to £1200 per game.
“A series of discussions have taken place and we expect the matter to be resolved soon,” an SPL spokesman said.
The SPL kicks off this Saturday, with Rangers travelling to Falkirk in the opening game at 1230 BST.