GAVIN Henson has been sacked by Cardiff Blues for his drunken behaviour on a flight from Glasgow to Cardiff on Saturday.
He had been due to tog our for the Blues against Leinster in Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter final next weekend.
Henson, a 65th-minute replacement in the Blues’ humiliating 31-3 defeat at Firhill Arena, is understood to have upset fellow passengers by throwing ice cubes around the cabin on the flight between Glasgow and Cardiff.
Henson was on an eight-month contract with the Blues, which expired at the end of next month.
In a statement on Sunday, Henson said: “I would like to publicly apologise for drinking on that flight which is inappropriate behaviour. I remain fully focused and committed to Cardiff Blues and I hope they can accept my apology.
“I admit I had been out drinking in Glasgow on the Friday night following our game against Glasgow Warriors and had stupidly carried on drinking on the flight, for which I am truly embarrassed.
"I can see that drinking and behaving inappropriately on that flight as a professional sportsman at 7am has caused offence to members of the public, the Flybe Airline staff and passengers.
“I know that I have let down my team-mates, coaches, management, sponsors and, indeed my family, with my actions. Drinking on that plane was inexcusable and I know that I must take responsibility for it.
“I also accept that in the light of this I need to learn from it and ensure this does not happen again.
“I am prepared to co-operate 100 per cent with the Cardiff Blues’ wishes and will do everything that I need to do in order to make amends and enable the Blues to focus on our biggest game of the season next weekend [at Leinster in the Heineken Cup].”
The incident has not only angered the region, but the airline company, which is conducting its own investigation.
The incident is the latest chapter in Henson’s controversial career in which he has failed to deliver on his undoubted talent.
First capped as a 19 year-old for Wales in 2001, he played a key role in the Grand Slam seasons in 2005 and 2008 and was a British and Irish Lion in New Zealand, in 2005.
In 2007, however, he was charged with disorderly conduct after an incident on a train before the case was dropped.
Having negotiated his release from his Ospreys contract in Oct 2010, Henson joined Saracens - for whom he made just four appearances - and Toulon, in quick succession, as he sought to win a place in Wales’ squad for the 2011 World Cup.