Stoke City striker Saido Berahino has been charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol after being detained in London's West End following reports of a "disturbance" at 3am on Monday morning on Great Russell Street. 

As reported by Sky News the footballer, formerly of West Brom, is set to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London on 6 March following the incident. 

In an official statement after the arrest, the Metropolitan Police explained: "When officers arrived on scene a car was seen to drive away at speed.

"The car was stopped by police in Bedford Square and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving."

The police then revealed that Berahino had told officers while in custody that he had been the victim of a robbery that night in Great Russell Street.

Affirming this, Scotland Yard proclaimed: "He alleged that a group of males surrounded his car in Great Russell Street and attacked him, stealing his watch."

As of yet, no one has been arrested for this alleged robbery, though an investigation has begun. So far, the 25-year-old's club, Stoke City, are yet to comment on the affair, and it is likely that any disciplinary action will be handled internally. 


After being repeatedly linked with a move to Tottenham, Berahino eventually departed West Brom for Stoke in January 2017 for £12m, after notching 36 goals and eight assists in his time there. 

However, his spell in the Potteries has been less fruitful, with just five goals and two assists in the 56 appearances he's made since his move two years ago.