TV PUNDIT Robbie Savage almost missed his flight to the World Cup in Brazil after turning up at the airport with his wife’s passport.
The ex-Wales international and Premier League player, who hails from Wrexham, left his Cheshire home on Tuesday morning to fly to Brazil ahead of the pundit’s role in BBC’s World Cup coverage.
But he was almost left grounded after the embarrassing mix-up.
On arrival at Manchester Airport, Wrexham FC fan Savage, 39, was met with a bemused look by a check-in assistant, who duly informed him he had handed over his wife Sarah’s passport.
“I turned up at Manchester Airport and a woman looked at me in shock, I thought she must know who I am,” the former midfielder said.
“There’s a lot of shocked faces when I check-in places.
“She then showed me the passport picture and it was my wife’s. We must look quite similar, me and my wife, but obviously she needs a shave though because this is the second time it’s happened!
“I’m going to tell her to get haircut now.”
A mad rush ensued as Sarah drove to the airport with the correct passport and got it to her man moments before his connecting flight to Heathrow.
Speaking yesterday en route, Savage added: “She rushed with the kids to the airport and I just made the flight. Now I’m waiting for my connection to Brazil but what a a bad start to the trip.”
Ex-Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and Birmingham City player Savage recently made the headlines after he turned out in a disguise for Bradley Park FC in the Wrexham Sunday League, as part of a grassroots feature for the BBC’s The One Show.
Savage has developed a successful career as a football pundit since retiring from playing.
He is a regular on BBC Radio Five Live and BBC’s football shows Football Focus and Match of the Day.