Fran Healy says his "wankers" comment to the crowd in Cardiff was "meant in good humour"...

FRAN HEALY has spoken out after claims he branded the audience “wankers” at a TRAVIS show in CARDIFF.

As previously reported, the alleged bust-up came during Monday night’s (March 22) show at the Cardiff International Arena when Healy asked for silence while he performed a solo acoustic version of ‘Flowers In The Window’.

Noisy audience members near the front of the stage caused Healy to stop mid-song to make rude gestures and shout obscenities at the group.

He finished the song to loud applause but seconds later was hit by coins thrown from the same area of the audience as the shouting had come from.

“Don’t ever throw coins at a performer on stage. Show respect. Twenty-one pence… that could be the difference between blinding someone,” The Daily Mirror reports Healy as having told the audience, “Find out who did that and if they’re standing next to you, gob on them.”

In a statement issued today (March 25), Fran played down the incident. He said: “Hey all.. For what it’s worth, from where we were standing, we thought the gig was brilliant. Lots of excitement on stage and happy faces wherever I looked. There was the coin throwing, maybe meant as a donation to my busking I think. It was meant in good humour but you should never throw coins at a stage, it’s a big no no. When I pulled whoever did it up he was booed into next week. Thank you Cardiff.”