MILAN - Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti
wants a solution to the strike threat issued by the Italian
players' union as the public turned against the millionaires on
Wednesday, with the action labelled "arrogant".
The union plans to strike during matches on December 11 and 12
following a dispute with Serie A clubs over whether unwanted
players should be forced to train away from the first team or
accept a transfer.
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A split among players is developing and the prospect of a
strike by lavished footballers during a time of general economic
hardship has angered many fans, with internet forums and radio
phone-ins jammed by raging supporters.
"These are things that happen and it's important we find a
solution," said Zanetti, one of the most respected players in
Italy given his 15 years of Inter service, at the club's
snowbound training ground.
Italian Olympic Committee president Gianni Petrucci, whose
organisation is due to hold a hearing of its high court in a bid
to stop the strike, said it was "intimidatory and arrogant".
The country's best selling newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport
branded the action "a slap in the face for good sense".
The postponement of matches later this month will not affect
Inter, given the European champions will be away at the Club
World Cup in the UAE.
The maligned tournament, where Inter play a semi-final on
December 15 and a likely final with Brazil's Internacional on December
18, was a chance for the injury-hit side to recharge their
batteries but now all Serie A teams will have a weekend off.
CLUB WORLD CUP
On the flip side, when fifth-placed Inter return to Serie A
in the New Year last season's treble winners will not have
slipped as many points behind as they might have done.
"The most important thing is we go to the UAE and
concentrate on that," Zanetti told reporters at the media day
for the Club World Cup as Inter bid for a fifth trophy of the
year after the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup and
Italian Super Cup.
"I really want to return to Milan with this trophy. I'm very
happy with all we've achieved and I don't want to stop."
The difference in temperatures between wintry Milan and the
UAE could cause difficulties but Zanetti feels they can
acclimatise with their long injury list possibly benefiting from
"We hope it won't be a problem, we arrive five days before
so we can prepare," the 37-year-old Argentine said, peering out
of the window at a Christmas card scene.
Compatriot Diego Milito, Inter's top scorer last term, has
been named in the squad for the FIFA tournament but a nagging
thigh injury means he will miss Friday's final Serie A game of
the year for the club at Lazio.
The striker is doubtful for next week's last Champions
League group match at Werder Bremen where already-qualified
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