The Leicester City midfielder, who was eventually allowed to participate as a substitute, burst into tears in the arms of his fiancee after being asked to leave the hotel. Savage, who had been set to start the match, said: "I was gutted, I honestly felt it was the end and I was out of the squad."
The Welsh coach, Bobby Gould, said yesterday that Savage still has a future with Wales. He had been angry at a "disrespectful" interview in which the player had thrown away a shirt bearing the name of the Italian defender, Paolo Maldini, and had made derogatory remarks about the Wales defenders.
The player insisted the shirt gesture was light-hearted and not meant to be offensive. "I'd like to apologise if I have caused offence to any of my fellow players or Paolo Maldini," he said yesterday.Reuse content