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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
McFadden says sorry
Motherwell's James McFadden in Hong Kong
James McFadden enjoyed the Hong Kong sights
Motherwell midfielder James McFadden has apologised for missing Scotland's flight home after a night of booze at the end of his country's Far East tour.

And the 19-year-old has pleaded to international manager Berti Vogts not to end his international career after just one appearance.

McFadden said: "I hope it doesn't have an effect on my international career, but I'll need to speak to the manager.

"I owe him and everyone else an apology. All I can do is say sorry.


I am embarrassed - but not ashamed
James McFadden
"The boss has shown faith by taking me on the tour and I've let him and the rest of the squad down.

"It's a mistake and I am embarrassed - but not ashamed."

McFadden wants to discuss his disappearing act with national manager Berti Vogts as soon as possible.

The Motherwell youngster missed the scheduled flight back after a night on the town to celebrate the end of the tour of South Korea and Hong Kong.

SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell said: "Almost all the players went out as a group and, at some stage, he would have been separated.

"But we don't know enough. We need to speak to the player to hear the full story.

"Obviously, in due course, the manager and the player will speak, but that will remain confidential.

"Until we speak to the player, we don't know about disciplinary action.

"The only contact we had was when one of my colleagues phoned SFA security officer Willie McDougall from the phone on the plane and got a very brief confirmation to say he had arrived and would be travelling afterwards."

McDougall had originally claimed that a ticket mix-up had seen the player miss the team flight.

However, Mitchell offered an explanation for the SFA security chief's reasoning.

McFadden made his debut against South Africa
"I think Willie was just trying to cover up the boy's embarrassment," he said.

Mitchell revealed that the SFA party only discovered the teenager's absence when they rang his hotel room.

Mitchell said: "After the match, the players went out at the end of a long tour at the end of the season and to celebrate their victory.

"After that, Jamie McFadden slept in and therefore we had to depart without him.

"Willie McDougall stayed on and met up with James and they are coming back on a later flight so it means a few hours delay.

"He wasn't in the room. He didn't return to the hotel. He slept somewhere and didn't reappear."

McFadden was already expected to drop back into the Under-21 set-up after the Far East tour.


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