Hayden Panettiere not romancing football player Mark Sanchez

London: American actress Hayden Panettiere says she is not dating football player Mark Sanchez and insists she is just his huge fan.

"I swear I`m not dating him at all. Honestly. I`m a huge Jets fan and became very good friends with him and his buddies. There`s genuinely, absolutely nothing going on. I`ve always been that girl who has a lot of dude friends. I`m into sports so we have a lot in common, but no, definitely 100 percent not dating," dailystar.co.uk quoted Panettiere as saying.

"Every person that I stand next to in this industry is a guy I`m going to be linked to - that`s just inevitably the way it goes," she added.

Panettiere, 21, better known for her roles in "Heroes" and "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy", was subsequently linked to Sanchez after they were spotted spending time together in California.