Cardiff Blues sack Gavin Henson following drunken behaviour on flight
Gavin Henson has been sacked by his club Cardiff Blues following his drunken behaviour on a flight on Saturday morning.
The 30-year-old centre was flying from Glasgow to Cardiff the morning after his side's 31-3 RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Glasgow when the incident occurred.
Henson moved quickly to say sorry for his behaviour, saying he was "truly embarrassed", but his apology has had little effect in saving his Blues career.
His club suspended him on Saturday evening for his antics and have since decided they had no alternative but to sack the former husband of singer Charlotte Church.
"The Cardiff Blues management have discussed the matter at length but have acted swiftly since the incident occurred on Saturday morning," Blues chief executive Richard Holland said in a club statement.
"Gavin admitted himself that his behaviour was totally unacceptable and the immediate termination of his contract sends out a clear message that behaviour like that will not be tolerated at the Blues.
"We have a duty to our supporters and sponsors to protect the good name of Cardiff Blues and those associated with our brand.
"Gavin Henson is obviously a talented rugby player and it's unfortunate that his career at the Blues has ended this way.
"However, we would like to thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck with his future career."
Henson only joined Cardiff in October, on an eight-month contract, but has struggled to have an impact, making just eight appearances.
The 2005 Grand Slam winning Wales international, who has 33 caps for his country, revealed in his apology that he had been out drinking on Friday night, and that he carried on drinking on the flight on Saturday.
Flybe, the carrier which Henson was flying with, have banned Henson from the airline for a six-month period.
A company spokesperson said: "The safety of our passengers and staff is Flybe's number one priority and as such the airline has a zero tolerance attitude to unruly behaviour on board our aircraft.
"We are grateful for Mr Henson's apology following Saturday's flight from Glasgow to Cardiff.
"However, in line with company policy, we have written to him, informing him that he will be banned from Flybe services for a period of six months."
This incident will leave a question mark hanging over the future of Henson. Cardiff was his fourth club in little over a year following his release by Ospreys and then short stints at Saracens and Toulon.
Arsenal have no plans to stock Petr Cech inspired caps in their club shops - yet
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: Saints yet to receive 'serious offer' but midfielder could complete move by end of this week
Radamel Falcao to Chelsea: Former Manchester United striker 'signs contract' to join Blues and is told to meet up with squad on pre-season tour
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez nears exit as Liverpool eye move for striker despite revealing Real Madrid video
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?