Footballer ordered to make payout.
Recorder Michael Burrows told Levi Reid when he was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court: "You could not complain if a custody sentence was passed today.
"I accept you are of good character but you went out into the street knowing trouble was brewing. If you did not kick or stamp on anyone you were with those who did."
Reid, of St Peter's Gardens, Rickerscote, Stafford, was also ordered to serve 200 hours community service. He pleaded not guilty to making an affray.
Miss Michelle Heeley, defending, said: "This offence happened over a year ago. He was seen to try to stop the trouble and was not encouraging anyone.
"He should not have got involved but was acting as a peacemaker." Reid was released by League One Port Vale and went straight to non-league Stafford where he is hoping to continue.
"For him to be involved was one night of madness which should not be allowed to blight his career."
Michael Hutt, prosecuting, said Michael Swift was at the town's Zanzibar nightclub when Michael Swift, from Bristol, was punched while on the dance floor.
"Mr Swift was later punched on the floor outside the night club and the incident was recorded on closed circuit television," he said. "Reid and another man became involved and joined in with a vengeance. Mr Swift went outside where he ended up on the ground and was kicked in the head a number of times."
Reid said in evidence that he "stepped in" when he saw three youths attacking another man.
"I was trying to part them. I did not hit anyone," he said