Sunday 20 October 2019

Roma fan extradited and charged over attack on Irish dad Sean Cox

Sean Cox (right) with his wife Martina.
Sean Cox (right) with his wife Martina.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man has been charged with assaulting Liverpool FC supporter Sean Cox, police have said.

Merseyside Police said Simone Mastrelli, 30, from Rome, had been extradited after being arrested on a European Arrest Warrant in Italy in connection with the assault outside Anfield ahead of the Champions League match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma on April 24 last year.

Father-of-three Mr Cox, 53, from Dunboyne in Co Meath, Ireland, suffered catastrophic head injuries in the attack.

He has been recovering at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

Mastrelli was charged before District Judge Margaret McCormack with section 20 wounding and violent disorder.

No plea was entered on either charge.

Prosecutor Daryl Pollard objected to bail and there was no representations on bail by defence counsel Rebecca Penfold.

Mastrelli was then remanded in custody to Liverpool Crown Court for a trial and preparation hearing on March 1.

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