Norway stars strike in equipment row
Published 21/05/2011 | 05:00
Nearly 100 of Norway's top-flight players went on strike yesterday demanding the right to choose their own boots and other equipment.
The strike, affecting nine of the league's teams including leaders Tromsoe, forced the Norwegian football association to postpone matches scheduled for tomorrow and Monday.
Norway's top-division players must use boots and goalkeeper's gloves provided by their club's sponsors. The clubs say disrupting those sponsorship deals would cause extensive harm to their finances.
The players claim that picking their own gear would improve their performances and help prevent injuries. The dispute also involves ice hockey and handball players, but they're not going on strike because their league seasons have already ended.