Tuesday 23 January 2018

Players who refused to play for their clubs

Leonardo Ulloa is looking to leave Leicester
Leonardo Ulloa is looking to leave Leicester

Leicester striker Leonard Ulloa has said he will not play for the club again as he looks to force a deadline-day move.

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


The most recent example, Payet decided he wanted out of the Hammers not long after being named their player of the year. Boss Slaven Bilic claimed the Frenchman had said he did not want to play for the club again and a stand-off ensued before he made a £25million move back to Marseille.


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)." He featured as a substitute in the Baggies' first match after that and apologised a few months later. He eventually left the club in January 2017 and joined Stoke after not featuring for West Brom's first team in four months.


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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