A Rotherham taxi driver was attacked by four customers in the early hours of this morning.
The 38-year-old was set upon in Rowms Lane, Swinton, at around 12.55am.
He was attacked by four men he picked up from a pub in Swinton Road.
South Yorkshire Police said he suffered 'significant injuries' and was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.
The force is treating the incident as racially motivated.
Two men, aged 20 and 51, have been arrested on suspicion of assault. They remain in police custody this afternoon.
Inspector Adrian Luscombe, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This was a nasty, unprovoked attack and we are treating it as racially aggravated.
“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and who saw what happened to contact police.
"Officers were called to reports that a taxi driver had been assaulted in the Rowms Lane area at about 12.55am.
"It is believed that four men assaulted the taxi driver, a 38-year-old man, after he picked them up from a pub in Swinton Road.
"The victim suffered significant injuries as a result of the incident and was taken to hospital for treatment. He has since been discharged.
"The four men then fled the area but a 20-year-old man and a 51-year-old man were arrested shortly after."