Man badly hurt on Gold Coast, pair charged

Nicholas McElroy

A young man is fighting for life after being punched and hitting his head on the Gold Coast, with two men charged over an altercation with the victim.

Two 19-year-old NSW men have been charged with affray on Saturday from what allegedly started as a verbal exchange with the 21-year-old man, also from NSW, about 2.40am in Broadbeach.

The men were among a group of men and women who allegedly followed the man before he was punched.

He fell and hit his head on the ground, and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with critical head injuries.

The accused men are due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.