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.
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.
"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."
Cagliari are 15th in Serie A, four points off the relegation zone, and held AC Milan 1-1 earlier this season.
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