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Russia's Andrei Arshavin, one of the stars of Euro 2008,
Russia's Andrei Arshavin, one of the stars of Euro 2008, has gone on strike over his club's refusal to lower their asking price for his move to Tottenham Hotspur, the player's agent has said.

Arshavin's club, Zenit St. Petersburg, earlier turned down a $23.4 million bid from Barcelona as being "too low," and recently rejected a $42 million offer from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, according to media reports. The club, funded by energy giant Gazprom, has put a $54 million price tag on their talented forward.

Dennis Lachter told the British newspaper The Independent that the 27-year-old Zenit star had refused to travel to Siberia for a cup game against Novosibirsk's Sibir on Wednesday in protest at Zenit's decision. Zenit, the 2007 Russian champions and the UEFA Cup holders, lost the match 1-0.

Zenit have yet to comment on the strike claim.

"Nothing will change because this is the old Soviet Union way," Lachter said. "For the Russian sports establishment the desires of a player mean absolutely nothing. They are the big bosses. It is a dictatorship. He is a slave."

Arshavin, the highest-paid player in Russian soccer, shot to fame after stunning performances against Sweden and Holland at Euro 2008 as Russia unexpectedly made the semi-finals.

The diminutive forward, along with another reported Tottenham target, Roman Pavlyuchenko, was one of four Russian players included in UEFA's symbolic Euro 2008 squad.


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