The AIC, the organisation which represents professional footballers in Italy, has taken the action in protest against two changes the league want to make to the contract.
1) Serie A clubs want the power to force players in the final year of their contract to train away from the first team.
2) Clubs are attempting to make players pay a "solidarity tax" which applies to the game's top earners.
A statement from AIC president Damiano Tomassi said : "The Players' Union takes into account the Lega's decision to turn down our last proposal and hence, confirms the intention of not going out on the pitch for the first round of Serie A games".
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What this means to you and me is - NO SERIE A FOOTBALL BETTING THIS WEEKEND