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Flybe Investigates Henson Incident

Flybe PlaneFlybe has launched an investigation into an incident with Wales ruby player Gavin Henson on one of its flights from Glasgow to Cardiff in the early morning of Saturday, as whatever happened led to the star being suspended by Cardiff Blues. Henson has won 34 caps, and after joining the club in just October last year, he is due to find out his immediate future with the region today.

It’s understood that Henson went to a nightclub after the match and didn’t get to his hotel until around 5am Saturday morning. He’s alleged to have been throwing ice cubes around the aircraft cabin, which other passengers complained about. A spokesman for Cardiff Blues said Henson was suspended with immediate effect after the incident, which happened following the club’s match against Glasgow Warriors. The management team is meeting this morning to talk about about the matter more, he added. It appears, however, that he’s blown his chances of playing in Wales much longer, with an extension unlikely regardless of how today’s meeting goes among management.

Flybe has said that it’s launched its own investigation into what happened. A spokeswoman said that the carrier can confirm that it’s gathering information, with regard to the flight, from staff and those at both Glasgow and Cardiff airports on Saturday, March 31. It won’t make anymore comments right now, she added.

On Sunday, Henson apologised for his ‘unacceptable behaviour’, admitting that he had been drinking in Glasgow on Friday night after the match. He ‘stupidly’ continued drinking on the flight, and he’s really embarrassed. He sees that, as a professional sportsman, the drinking and inappropriate behaviour on the Flybe flight at 7am offended some members of the public, passengers and the carrier. He’s let his ‘teammates, coaches, management, sponsors’ and family down with his actions, he continued. Drinking on the plane was inexcusable, and he accepts that he needs to learn from what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In the match on Friday, Henson was a wing replacement in the 31-3 defeat by Glasgow. He signed an eight-month contract with Cardiff Blues in October, and this is due to run out at the end of the season. The club has become his fourth in just one year, after briefly playing with Toulon and Saracens following his departure from the Ospreys. He told reporters at the time that he’s been saying he wants to play in Wales, and he’s glad for Cardiff Blues giving him the opportunity. He just wants to do all he can to make the club happy and enjoy rugby, and he’s glad to sign with them, he added.

This is only the most recent of several incidents in Henson’s controversial career. At 19 years old, he was first capped and skyrocketed in popularity four years later when he kicked a big penalty to help in Wales 11-9 victory against England at the beginning of the 2005 RBS 6 Nations. This laid down the path for a first Welsh Grand Slam in 27 years, and he was selected for the New Zealand tour with the British & Irish Lions. He was also a key player in the 2008 Six Nations clean sweep, which followed an incident in December 2007 on a train that saw him charged with disorderly conduct. The case was dropped.

 

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