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Workplace violence, non-payment of wages due to financially unstable clubs and the growing threat of match-fixing have been identified as the main areas of concern following the General Assembly of the Italian players' association AIC. 

AIC President Damiano Tommasi said he would endorse a reduction in the number of clubs in Italy's league structure, from top to bottom, in response to the economic crisis, "If it serves to balance the financial sustainability and the calendar: fewer games would also help the competitiveness of Italian football."

"With regard to the economic situation, we cannot but take note of the crisis. It's preferable to have fewer clubs and fewer jobs which are solid. Now we need to find a balance in the rules for entry to championships which are neither too restrictive nor too bland. "

That players are victims of financially unstable clubs makes Italy a potential breeding ground for match fixing. It is an issue FIFPro brought to light in the Black Book Eastern Europe, which found non-payment of wages as a key ingredient for crime syndicates to target highly vulnerable players.

Football's failure to maintain economic balance, an industry which lurches from one financial crisis to another, is one of the key principles behind FIFPro's legal challenge to the transfer system – read the latest here. One of the most severe problems facing the game today is that thousands of players do not have their contracts honoured or respected by clubs.

Players who suffer from workplace violence is another issue damaging Italy's once-proud image, according to AIC. It will be laid bare in a new report, due out in the coming weeks ,which Tommasi believes will expose a cultural deficiency within the Italian game.

"Our colleagues who play abroad teach us that peace can and must become the rule and not the exception: a relaxed atmosphere in which defeat is accepted sportingly."

"Instead, in Italy, in the season of the sensational case of Salernitana-Nocerina, we found that there is now an addiction in general to these bad habits, as if players living with threats and intimidation was part of the trade."