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Players call off strike in Norway

Published: Tuesday 25 June 2002, 14.42CET
Norway's footballers have returned to training after they agreed to end unprecedented strike action.

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Published: Tuesday 25 June 2002, 14.42CET

Players call off strike in Norway

Norway's footballers have returned to training after they agreed to end unprecedented strike action.

Norway's footballers have returned to training today after they agreed to end unprecedented strike action.

Matches cancelled
The walkout began on Sunday night following a dispute between NISO [representing the players] and NHO (the clubs/employers group] over working conditions. More than 200 players from 15 different clubs refused to play, meaning that all scheduled Tippeligaen and first division matches were cancelled.

Back in action
Following the settlement, Norway's footballers will be back in action tomorrow night for the third round of the Norwegian Cup. The main point in the new agreement will see a working group established from 15 August to review the insurance terms within football, ice hockey and handball.

Free transfers
The working group will produce a new proposal before 15 November with the new insurance terms for football due for introduction before 1 April 2003. "We have also made sure that the principles of the Bosman ruling still stands and that all players have the right to a free transfer after ending their contracts," said Morgan Andersen of NISO.

No copyrights
In return the players agreed to drop their demands of owning copyrights to their name and picture, another central point in the discussions. "We are very happy that the players had the will to co-operate and all the footballers of the country can now go back to work on Tuesday morning said Mats Stensrud of NHO.

Last updated: 25/06/02 18.01CET

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