. he “had nothing to do with violence that night”.
Lua Lua, who now plays for Brighton and Hove Albion, also said he was “not an arrogant man” and “did not do anything wrong”.
Lua Lua and friends Andy Mogwo and Kevin Ashong are accused of affray, but deny the charges.
The 22-year-old said that after leaving the Riverside club on Newcastle Quayside in June last year, he walked between two white males.
He told the court that one of them said he should have said ‘excuse me’, but he told the man not to tell him what to do and walked through them again.
Newcastle Crown Court heard from Lua Lua that the white male then pushed him to the ground, so he got up and tapped him in the face.
But James Adkin, prosecuting, said: “You were being provocative.
“Instead of apologising, you were deliberately provocative.
“Do you think different rules apply to you?
“Are you the sort of person who thinks he can do what he wants?”
Lua Lua said that after the altercation, a group of white men surrounded him, but a friend pulled him away before a large-scale fight broke out.
He said: “When a black man is surrounded by white people like that, you don’t know what will happen to you.”
When Mr Adkin questioned him about his position as a footballer, he said: “I had nothing to do with the violence that took place that night.
“I did nothing wrong. I’m not an arrogant man, I’m a normal person.”
Lua Lua told the court he had drunk seven vodka Red Bulls that night, but was only slightly drunk.
He also said that he did not know how the big fight had begun.
* The trial continues.
Source: Newcastle United Mad