A police officer’s behaviour “fell below the standards” expected after he appeared to punch a man in the head during a Rugby League World Cup final gathering in Auckland.

Thousands of league fans gathered in the early hours of Sunday morning to cheer on Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup final in the United Kingdom.

Footage from the party at the Ōtara fan zone, which was posted to social media, shows officers lifting a man off the ground, with one holding him in a headlock as they walk him away.

As police continue to haul him away, one officer appears to throw a punch at the man. Bystanders can be heard saying, “Don’t do that”, while another yells, “What the f**k”.

The man is then taken away by several police officers.

One person who witnessed the incident told Newshub police asked the man to leave, so he decided to walk in a different direction.

“They then decided to manhandle him because he refused to. He literally did nothing but want to celebrate with the many hundreds that attended,” they said.

“[Police] were on a power trip towards this individual. It’s disgusting.”

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This of course is mild compared with what they did at Freedom Village on peaceful protestors.