Going on strike... Berahino is not the first ‘striker’

Saido Berahino.
Saido Berahino.
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Saido Berahino is not the first footballer to threaten strike action after failing to get his own way in the transfer market.

Berahino tweeted his intention not to play again under West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace after the Baggies rejected a reported four bids from Tottenham in the transfer window.

But the recent history of football rebels suggests Berahino will soon be left with little option but to pull the black and white striped shirt back on.


Odemwingie became the unwitting face of transfer window madness in a chain of events which began when he was refused a transfer request in January 2013. After launching a tirade of abuse towards the club on Twitter, Odemwingie travelled to Queens Park Rangers in a lone and ultimately futile bid to force a deadline day transfer. Despite a subsequent apology, Odemwingie’s return to The Hawthorns was not exactly greeted with open arms.


The combustible Argentinian sparked a furore for refusing to warm up during Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Tevez was suspended by City, with boss Roberto Mancini intimating he would never play for the club again. After an extended spell of leave, and having failed to secure a transfer, Tevez was allowed to resume training with the club after a five-month break.


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” side for the third-round clash against Arsenal. But he was not as angry as Ferguson, who gave Scholes a severe dressing-down and fined him the maximum two weeks’ wages. Scholes subsequently apologised.


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.