Football: Savage sent packing
Journalist and novelist Andrew Martin is the author of the 'Jim Stringer' series of novels based around railways. He has written for the Independent on Sunday, the Evening Standard, the Sunday Times and the New Statesman among others.
Sunday 06 September 1998
The Wales coach, Bobby Gould, took the action following Savage's appearance on Sky TV's Sports Centre on Friday, when he threw away a shirt belonging to the Italian captain, Paolo Maldini.
Savage was told to leave the team hotel by Gould at 7.40am yesterday, which left Wales with a 17-man squad for the match at Anfield, due to kick off last night. However, he was later seen having lunch with the squad but it was unclear whether Gould had relented and reinstated him to the team or the substitutes' bench.
A statement released by the Football Association of Wales said: "During the interview, Savage was seen to be both disrespectful to his team-mates and highly derogatory to the great Italian defender Paolo Maldini by throwing away his shirt.
"This morning team manager Bobby Gould asked the player to leave the team hotel and he has been informed that he has been removed from the team to play Italy this evening at Anfield, Liverpool. A decision will be taken later as to whether Savage will be offered the chance to rejoin the squad.
"The other members of the squad and members of the backroom staff offer their sincere apologies to Paolo Maldini for this disrespectful act."
The incident was repeated on Sky Sports yesterday morning. Gould said: "Players must realise that they have a duty to put-up on the field of play and shut-up off it.
"This type of `set-up' interview has caused problems in the past and is totally alien to the true spirit of the game which was so epitomised in the classic picture of Pele and Bobby Moore embracing and exchanging shirts in the Mexico World Cup of 1970.
"That was true sporting comradeship and what I saw last evening certainly was not, and I have a duty to uphold the good name of Welsh international football."
l The Russian team fell victim to the country's financial crisis when they were held up at Moscow airport in a row over money before they could fly to Ukraine for yesterday's European Championship match.
It took the arrival of an armoured car laden with hard cash from the state gas monopoly, Gazprom, which supports the national squad, for officials at Vnukovo airport to let the team leave for Kiev on Friday aboard a plane owned by Gazprom.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea players allowed 20 minutes to celebrate, says Jose Mourinho after Capital One Cup victory
Liverpool vs Manchester City match report: Stunners from Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson sink Manuel Pellegrini's side
Arsenal 2 Everton 0 player ratings: Who scored highest at the Emirates?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
Chelsea vs Tottenham - Capital One Cup final match report: Captain John Terry inspires Blues triumph at Wembley Stadium
- 1 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 2 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 3 Robert Mugabe eats a zoo for 'obscene' 91st birthday party
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 The jihadi girls who went to Syria weren't just radicalised by Isis — they were groomed
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...