Strike appears likely to delay Serie A

Updated: August 25, 2011, 1:49 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- The start of the Italian league soccer season Saturday will likely be delayed because of a players' strike.

All 20 Serie A captains signed a document this month declaring a strike if there is no collective bargaining agreement before the season opens. It is unclear if games will be made up if there is a strike.

A last-minute proposal Thursday from the Italian soccer federation was rejected. It offered $29 million to cover extra costs for a new tax applied to high-wage earners.

Serie A president Maurizio Beretta says teams want two changes to the labor agreement proposed by the players -- a clause stating the players will pay the new tax, and a provision allowing coaches to force certain players to train away from the first team.

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