England cricketer Monty Panesar has apologised for reportedly urinating on to the heads of bouncers at a Gay Pride party.

It happened when Panesar was on a night out in Brighton on Monday. The 31-year-old was ordered to leave Shooshh nightclub on the beachfront after a group of women complained he had been bothering them.

The Sun reported that Panesar, who was in the England squad which beat Australia to retain the Ashes, then went to the promenade above the club and relieved himself on to the area below.

Angry doormen chased the Sussex spinner over a short distance, before cornering him at a takeaway pizza parlour. Witnesses described hearing the reserve England player shouting "help, help!" as he was seized.

The bouncers then hauled Panesar back into the nightclub, holding him in an arm-lock while police were called.

Officers handed Panesar an £80 fine for the incident, and Sussex County Cricket Club has subsequently launched an investigation into his behaviour.

A spokesman for Panesar said the star regretted his actions, saying: "Monty would like to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused."

A Sussex CCC spokesman said: "Sussex County Cricket Club can confirm that an incident took place involving Monty Panesar in the early hours of Monday 5th of August.

"The matter is under full investigation and the club will make no further comment at this stage."

A Sussex police spokesman said: "A 31-year-old man received a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly after being seen urinating in public near the Shooshh Club in King's Road Arches."

Panesar has been dropped from the England test for the fourth Ashes test match. His exclusion was not related to the incident.