Play­ers stalled by farm­ers’ protest

The Asian Age - - Sport -

Rome: Play­ers from Ital­ian club Cagliari missed their flight to Mi­lan for Sun­day’s top flight game af­ter be­ing locked in­side their train­ing ground by lo­cal farm­ers protest­ing over milk prices, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Italy. The Sar­dinian team had been due to fly out to Mi­lan on Satur­day evening be­fore Sun­day’s game against AC Mi­lan at the San Siro. But the play­ers were un­able to leave their Assem­inello train­ing ground in the south of the Mediter­ranean is­land af­ter all the ex­its were blocked by a group of 100 lo­cal farm­ers. Coach Rolando Maran and the club’s di­rec­tor gen­eral Mario Pas­setti ne­go­ti­ated with the pro­tes­tors to al­low the team bus to leave for the air­port. But only af­ter Sar­dinian- born player Ni­colo Barella and Brazil­ian team­mate Joao Pe­dro joined in the protest and were filmed kick­ing over milk pails in a ges­ture of sol­i­dar­ity. “We sim­ply want to de­fend our rights,” a pro­tes­tor told Gazzetta Dello Sport. “We pro­duce milk at 1 euro ($ 1.3) plus VAT and we aren’t go­ing back. If they aren’t able to sell it at a de­cent price, that's not our fault.”

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