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Serie A players' strike back on

Serie A players are set to proceed with their strike after the footballers' union said talks with the league had broken down on Monday.

After a weekend strike was called in September, the union has once again expressed its anger with Serie A plans for a new collective contract which would force players to accept transfers or exclusion of the first team squad if their clubs no longer wanted them, and will continue with their planned strike.

"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."

The September strike was called off in part because the union generally lacked public sympathy given the vast sums of money top players earn during a time of global economic hardship.

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