The "arrogance" of a former Newcastle United football player who now plays for Brighton and Hove Albion sparked a mass brawl outside a nightclub, a court heard.
Kazenga Lua Lua, a former Premier League player, who now plies his trade in the Championship, his friend Andy Mogwo and co-accused Kevin Ashong - who claimed to have heard a racial insult - denied the affray at Newcastle Crown Court.
The court heard about the serious disorder outside the Riverside club on the city's quayside in the early hours of 26 June last year.
Lua Lua started the violence after he argued with a man called Michael Ball outside the club, and punched him in the face, the jury heard.
The trial continues.