A McDonald's security guard has been filmed kicking a man in the face as he lay on the ground.
The disturbing footage captures the sound of the guard's boot slapping on the man's head just after 2am on Tuesday morning in Leeds city centre.
He then stepped back and stood in a fight stance, with his fists up as the man runs away.
The guard – who was employed by an external security firm – has since been removed from duty following the brutal blow.
Witnesses claim the injured man and his friends had attempted to assault the security and hurled bottles at the doors, but the video didn't capture the moments leading up to the kick.
It has been claimed the group have since been barred from entering the fast-food chain for being intoxicated.
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Witnesses told LeedsLive that the man and two friends had been abusive towards security staff before he was kicked in the head.
The man and his friends had been refused entry to the McDonald's because they appeared to be intoxicated.
A witness, who asked not to be named, claimed the group launched glass bottles at the door of the restaurant and attempted to assault security workers.
McDonald's has launched an investigation into the incident, which a spokesperson called "completely unacceptable".
A spokeswoman said: "It is completely unacceptable to see anyone behaving this way and we are in the process of fully investigating the incident.
"The individual in question works for an external security company and will not be on duty at any of our restaurants while the investigation is ongoing.”
West Yorkshire Police said it had no record of officers being called to the incident.
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