GAVIN Henson's rugby career is in the balance after he was sacked by the Cardiff Blues following his alcohol-fuelled behaviour on a flight from Glasgow on Saturday morning.
The 33-cap Wales centre, 30, had already been suspended by the club due to his antics as the Blues returned home after their 31-3 hammering at the hands of the Warriors in Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter.
Henson subsequently issued an apology for his behaviour and admitted he had been out drinking following the match and had continued to drink on the flight.
But his appearance as a replacement against Glasgow was his eighth and last for the Blues, as his contract was terminated following a meeting of the club's management yesterday morning.
And the question must now be whether another club will be willing to take a chance on the British and Irish Lion.
In a club statement, chief executive Richard Holland said: "The Cardiff Blues management have discussed the matter at length but have acted swiftly since the incident occurred on Saturday morning.
"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."
The airline Flybe had launched their own investigation into the incident, and they confirmed Henson has been banned from using their services for six months as a result of his actions.
A company spokesperson said: "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."
The Blues were Henson's fourth club in little over a year after being released by the Ospreys and having short stints at Saracens and Toulon.
His spell in France was also marred by an alcohol-related incident, with the club suspending him for a week after a nightclub altercation with two team-mates.
Other controversial moments include being forced to apologise to his Wales team-mates over comments made in his 'My Grand Slam Year' book in 2005, while two months later he received a seven-week ban for elbowing Leicester's Alex Moreno.
Henson, who starred in reality TV programmes Strictly Come Dancing, 71 Degrees North and The Bachelor, was charged with disorderly conduct after an incident on a train in December 2007, but the case was later dropped.
He was also among a group of Wales players rebuked by the Welsh Rugby Union over their conduct in a pub in Cardiff in February 2009.