Serie A players have called a strike for matches on the weekend of December 11 and 12 having failed to resolve their contract dispute with the Italian Football Federation, union vice president Leonardo Grosso has confirmed.
A strike was also announced in September but was postponed to allow more talks.
The Federation had hoped the union would wait for an Olympic Committee hearing on Wednesday before naming strike dates.
“The strike has been called for 11 and 12 December,” said Grosso.
“We are really disappointed because we were open to negotiate and to find common ground, but no agreement has been reached.”
Not even the mediation of Italy Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete has helped to resolve the situation.
Today was the last day given by the players’ union to the Lega Calcio for an agreement to be reached.
The main area of disagreement deals with what the players perceive as a lack of protection when clubs try to force them into a transfer when they enter the final year of their contracts.