Flower apologises for punch

Players become involved in a mass brawl following Ben Flower's attack on Lance Hohaial
Players become involved in a mass brawl following Ben Flower's attack on Lance Hohaial
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Ben Flower has apologised for his shameful attack on Saints’ ace Lance Hohaia during Saturday’s Super League Grand Final.

Flower became the first player to be either sin-binned or sent off in a Super League title decider when he was shown a red card - after only two minutes - for an act of violence that shocked the 70,000 crowd at Old Trafford and millions more watching on television.

The 26-year-old Wales international was still trending on Twitter in the United Kingdom 15 hours after flooring Hohaia with a right hook and then landing another punch to the face as his opponent lay motionless on the ground.

On Sunday he felt moved to apologise for his actions, insisting there was “no defence” for the way he had behaved.

He said in a statement released by Wigan: “I am so sorry for what happened on Saturday night.

“There is no defence for my actions. It was something that happened in the heat of the moment when our emotions and adrenaline were running high. I instantly regretted it and am devastated that I allowed myself to punch someone like this.”