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ATHENS, May 1 (AFP) - Soccer players in the Greek First Division on Wednesday threatened to strike on the final day of the championship on May 8 because they claim they are not insured.

The strike action was announced by the labour union PSAP which represents professional players from the top three divisions.

The Greek international players also threatened not to play in the two scheduled friendly matches against Romania on May 12 and Cyprus on May 15 unless the matter was settled.

PSAP president Antonis Antoniadis claimed the overseer of professional soccer in the country, the Greek Professional Soccer Clubs Association (EPAE), had not paid premiums despite receiving money from the players and owed the insurance company 900,000 euros (815,000 dollars).

He claimed that the insurance policy had run out on April 18 and the PSAP only found this out by chance when two players had to have surgery and were told by the insurance company that they were no longer covered.

The PSAP are also threatening that players will not play next season unless debts of up to 4.4 million euros (3.9 million dollars) owed by clubs are settled in full.

EPAE president Thanasis Kanellopoulos later announced that he had contacted the insurer and had been guaranteed that the players had been and would be covered until the end of the season.

He admitted that there had been a delay in paying a portion of the premiums but that the remaining amout would be paid on time.

The final round of the Greek First Division is scheduled for May 8 with Olympiakos and AEK Athens deadlocked for the top spot with 55 points.

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