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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2007, 19:30 GMT 20:30 UK
Harlequins accept Paul's apology
Henry Paul
Paul's past behaviour has earned him some goodwill
Henry Paul has apologised to Harlequins over his drunken behaviour at the Man of Steel awards night on Monday.

Paul slurred his acceptance speech when receiving the club's Frontline Fairplay Index Award, ironically awarded for good behaviour on the field.

"Regrettably, Henry's acceptance speech was affected by the fact he had been entertaining club sponsors throughout the day," said chairman Ian Lenagan.

"Whilst not condoning his behaviour, I have accepted Henry's apology."

He added: "That is particularly against the backdrop of his impeccable behaviour and outstanding contribution off the field to the club and its community activities since his arrival in 2006."

Four hundred people attended the dinner at Old Trafford and Paul was eventually escorted from the building.

Harlequins insisted the episode had not jeopardised Paul's new 12-month contract.

But Lenagan did regret that the incident had overshadowed the club's achievement in winning the award.

He said: "It is unfortunate that press comment regarding Henry Paul has detracted from the club's pride at receiving this inaugural award and from a glittering Man of Steel Awards night."



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