Players' threat over pay

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Financially-stricken Serie A club Fiorentina have been given a 72-hour deadline to pay all their wage arrears by the first team squad.

With the club currently up for sale, captain Angelo Di Livio has confirmed that the players are no longer prepared to trust administrator Luciano Luna, raising the prospect that they will refuse to face Bologna in the Viola's next league game on Sunday.

"We have given the club until Friday for them to liquidate their debts with the players," the former Juventus winger said. "If, by November 2, this ultimatum is not taken into account, we will have to take other measures. Nothing is excluded, including the possibility to declare the club bankrupt."

Luna responded by saying that he hoped to unveil a rescue package for the Coppa Italia holders by the end of the week.