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Serie A players have threatened to strike over a collective contract dispute following a break down in talks.

Players' union chiefs walk out on talks with Serie A

Serie A players have threatened to strike over a collective contract dispute following a break down in talks. A collective contract between the association and the league guaranteeing players' rights expired in pre-season and attempts to draft a new deal have faltered. The new contract would force players to accept transfers or a place outside the first-team squad if they were no longer wanted by clubs. A weekend strike which was called on September 25th and 26th was postponed in part because the union generally lacked public sympathy given the vast sums of money top players earn. However, the union has now walked out, after previously saying negotiations would go on until the end of November. "An agreement with Serie A is a long way off," players' union chief Sergio Campana said in a statement. "There has not been a single step forward since September. "Now we will talk with the players and decide together what to do. We need the soccer federation's intervention." Serie A president Maurizio Beretta told reporters: "A players' strike would be unjustified and grotesque." While AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo claims the players are open to any sort of talks, but the league has 'erected a wall without any desire to negotiate'.

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