Spanish strike action a bad omen for Serie A stand-off
While Spanish footballers will be enjoying their extended summer break due to this weekend's strike, a meeting of Serie A supremos to discuss the threatened industrial action in Italy had to be postponed yesterday because too many club presidents failed to show up for meeting.
They've rescheduled for Monday instead, but if the attempted La Liga talks between the players and the league are anything to go by, Serie A's kick-off may also be delayed.
Yesterday's discussion about greater protection for players' wages between the Association of Spanish Footballers and the clubs failed to break the deadlock. So the Spanish grounds that remain silent this weekend.
It was not supposed to be this way. The first weekend of La Liga was supposed to include the intriguing opening games of Athletic Bilbao's trip to Real Madrid and the new big spenders Malaga hosting Barcelona.
Instead, Barca boss Pep Guardiola will have time to starch those white shirts of his while Jose Mourinho could do with a week or two off just to cool down.