All the bouncers from Manchester’s Factory 251 nightclub have been sacked after an 18-year-old rugby league player was assaulted outside the club.
St Helens academy player Joe Sharratt suffered a serious head injury and is in a stable condition in hospital.
His mother Jane Sharratt told the BBC that he had a bleed on the brain but was now “sitting up and talking”.
Video footage shows Mr Sharratt being thrown to the ground before door staff repeatedly punch his friend.
Greater Manchester Police has appealed for witnesses to the attack at 03:20 GMT on Sunday. It has also asked Manchester City Council to carry out an expedited review and to suspend the nightclub’s licence.
Factory said it “immediately terminated the service contract” with the security contractor Professional Security.
The security contractor also confirmed that it has sacked the staff involved.
Mr Sharratt’s friend Leon Cooper, 18, can be seen getting punched several times in the footage.
The pharmacy student at Manchester University said they were escorted out of the club following a “pushing” incident inside.
He said he became involved in swearing with one of the bouncers before one of the door staff ran at Mr Sharratt, and then several bouncers “started jumping on” him.
Describing the attack, he said: “I tried to help him but they were just hitting me.
“I wasn’t trying to attack them…I was just trying to get to my mate.”
He added: “I didn’t even realise how many times I had been hit.
“You can see in the video I’m just trying to get to him [Mr Sharratt] and they’re whacking me even though I’m not punching them at all.”
He said he had suffered bruising to the side of his body, swelling to his head and had coughed up blood since the attack.