Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Gavin Henson has been dismissed with immediate effect after an incident in which he allegedly threw ice at fellow passengers on the flight home from the teams defeat to Glasgow on Friday night.
Henson admitted he had been drinking after the game and continued drinking on the 7am flight.
Speaking of the decision Cardiff Blues CEO 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.”
Cardiff Blues have no further comment to make on the matter and will not be accepting interview requests regarding the matter.
This is the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents involving the 30 year-old who returned to rugby following an 18 month sabbatical from the game.
The Blues had suffered a 31-3 defeat to Glasgow and were on a flight back to the Welsh capital when the ‘incident’ occurred. Henson has issued an apology stating: “I would like to publicly apologize for drinking on that flight which is inappropriate behaviour. 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 about.
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 my teammates, coaches, management, sponsors and indeed my family down with my actions.”
The airline Flybe has confirmed that it was carrying out an investigation.
Upon returning from rugby, Henson has struggled to hold down a club rugby role. The two-time Grand Slam winner was released from his contract with Ospreys in October 2010 so as to sign for Saracens. After playing four games for Saracens, starting one, he was released from his contract, in February 2011. He then joined Toulon before being released from his contract with the French big spenders at the end of May. In October he signed an eight month contract with the Blues.