02/04/2012 07:48 BST | Updated 02/06/2012 06:12 BST

Sacked Gavin Henson Issues Public Apology After In-Flight Fight

Rugby star Gavin Henson has issued a grovelling apology after he was embroiled in a fight on board a plane.

The player has now been sacked from his club Cardiff Blues, after having spoken out about the incident.

He spoke of his embarrassment after he allegedly threw ice cubes at fellow passengers as he and his teammates returned home from a game in Glasgow.

In the statement he said: "I would like to publicly apologise 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 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. I also accept that in the light of this I need to learn from it and ensure this does not happen again."

Gavin - who is father to Charlotte Church's two children - was being lined up for a film role.

It had been reported he was to star in British romantic comedy, Lord Owen's Lady, alongside fellow Welshman Sir Anthony Hopkins and Slumdog Millionaire actress Rubina Ali.

His spokesperson told the Daily Mail last month: "He has held a meeting with producers but we haven't heard back from them, he hasn't signed anything."