Italian players hope to end strike soon

Italian players hope to end strike soon

Published Sep. 2, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

The Italian Players' Association says it is ''moderately optimistic'' that a Serie A strike can be revoked.

The players' strike postponed the scheduled start of the Serie A last weekend, and both sides want to reach an agreement before the second round begins on Sept. 9.

The players' association said late Friday it has received a proposal from the clubs for a temporary collective contract and that experts are reviewing the papers.

As outlined by Serie A president Maurizio Beretta on Thursday, the clubs' proposal would stipulate that the sides reach a deal over the next 30 days on the last remaining conflict - a clause concerning the rights of players to train with the first team.