Birmingham City footballer Jermaine Pennant has admitted he needs to be "more clever" following the latest incident to cast a shadow over his career.
Pennant said he had been left saddened and stunned by allegations that he was involved in a fight with a doorman and also ejected at 3am from a club in Broad Street in Birmingham city centre, where an after-show party was being held for rapper Kanye West.
Speaking for the first time about last Tuesday's incident, 23-year-old Pennant denied the allegations but revealed he had been fined by Blues' manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce had no hesitation in naming Pennant - who has been one of his star players this season - in the starting line-up for Saturday's defeat at Middlesbrough.
Pennant said: "He had to keep faith in me because at the end of the day what happened is nothing to do with me.
"My name just got brought into it."
He added: "It was a big concert, obviously I like the guy (West), I went to the party afterwards, and then the next thing I'm supposed to have been in a fight. It's ridiculous.
"There was no fight at all. People look at my past and then automatically think it's true.
"The next thing I'm in the papers. It's madness, and the way it has been blown out of proportion is amazing and annoying.
"I'm 23 years old, I'm on night out and we've the next day off. What's the problem with that? I don't see one.
"I know I've a job to do, but at the same time I've got to have a social life. I just have to be more clever.
"I've got to learn. I can't be seen in those kind of places hanging around because all I was doing was waiting for a friend to come out."