Serie A players have agreed to go on strike unless a deal on a collective contract with the league is reached by the end of November.
A collective contract between the Italian Players’ Association (AIC) and Serie A guaranteeing players’ rights expired in the summer and attempts to agree a new deal have failed.
Strike action was averted in September when the two sides reached an agreement to continue negotiations.
However, an agreement has yet to be reached and the players’ association have confirmed they will wait until 30th November to announce the date for the strike if a deal cannot be arranged by that date.
A statement from Aic said: “The Serie A players have taken into consideration the approach shown by the Lega, who have turned down the proposal of FIGC president Giancarlo Abete,which is also shared by the Aic, to limit to just six points the negotiations of the Collective Agreement, with the exclusion of two other points (players out of squad and forced transfers), which from the start were not accepted by Aic.
“Through their representatives, they have therefore announced the decision to not go out on the pitch in one of the next round of games as a sign of protest.
“The Aic will wait until November 30 to announce the date of strike action.”
One of the main bones of contention is that the new contract would force players to accept transfers or a place outside the first-team squad if they were no longer wanted by their clubs.