Monday 19 February 2018

5 footballers who took on their clubs

West Brom's Saido Berahino issued an apparent strike threat in September 2015
West Brom's Saido Berahino issued an apparent strike threat in September 2015

Dimitri Payet has refused to play for West Ham as he looks to force a transfer from the London club.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of football's other rebels who took on their employers.


After West Brom rejected two transfer deadline day bids from Tottenham for him in September 2015, Berahino suggested on Twitter he would down tools, writing: "Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace (the Albion chairman at the time)." But he featured as a substitute in the Baggies' first match after that, apologised a few months later and remains at the club - although his last appearance was on September 10, with boss Tony Pulis deeming him not fit enough for selection since then.


The Argentinian was at the centre of a furore in September 2011 after boss Roberto Mancini said he refused to warm up during Manchester City's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Mancini intimated Tevez would never play for City again, the forward was suspended by the club, and he spent an extended, unauthorised spell in his homeland. Having failed to secure a transfer, Tevez was allowed to resume training with City after a five-month break. He issued an apology for his conduct, withdrew his appeal against City's fine of six weeks' wages and was back playing for the first team by March.


The quietly-spoken Scholes made an unlikely rebel when he refused to play a League Cup match under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2001. Scholes was reportedly furious at being named in what was otherwise a ''shadow'' Manchester United side for the third-round clash against Arsenal. He later apologised and admitted the episode could have ended his United career.


The Dutchman returned from the 1998 World Cup to find his transfer request from Nottingham Forest had been refused. Van Hoojidonk declared he had no option but to go on strike, and sat out the first four months of the new season. Eventually, Van Hooijdonk made a grudging return, notable for his goal against local rivals Derby, after which his team-mates refused to celebrate with him.


Perhaps the game's original rebel, Eastham went on strike after being refused permission to leave Newcastle in 1959, despite the imminent expiration of his contract. After two months working for a relative selling cork in Guildford, Newcastle gave in and allowed Eastham to sign for Arsenal. Eastham subsequently won a High Court case against Newcastle which is widely credited with transforming the transfer system.

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