Gavin Henson has been sacked by Cardiff Blues (
Gavin Henson has been sacked by Cardiff Blues (

Wales rugby international Gavin Henson has been sacked by the Cardiff Blues and banned from the airline Flybe following drunken antics on a plane.

Henson, 30, is alleged to have thrown ice cubes at passengers on board an early morning flight from Glasgow to Cardiff, following the Blues' 31-3 RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Glasgow Warriors.

Flybe has also banned Henson from using the airline for six months.

The decision to dismiss Henson with immediate effect followed a board meeting.

Henson issued a statement apologising for his behaviour, saying: "I have let my team-mates, coaches, management, sponsors and, indeed, my family down with my actions. Drinking on that plane was inexcusable and I know that I must take responsibility for it."

Commenting on the decision to dismiss Henson, Cardiff Blues CEO Richard Holland said: "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," Holland added.

"However, we would like to thank him for his service and wish him the best of luck with his future career."

Henson signed an eight-month deal with the Blues in October after French side Toulon decided not to extend his contract with them at the end of last season.