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AIC call off player strike as Christmas hols extended

The Italian Players' Association have postponed plans for strike action this weekend.

Negotiations between the Italian Players' Association (AIC) and the Lega Serie A (a union of all the top flight clubs) broke the impasse this afternoon.

The proposed strike for September 25 and 26 has been called off, so those games will go ahead as planned.

However, the Lega also announced a surprise addition to the bargaining table.

The AIC has managed to extend the Christmas break, which was originally set to end on Thursday January 6.

Instead, that Week 18 round will now be played before the break, on Wednesday December 22.

It means the players will get back to work for Week 19 on January 9, 2011.

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