'Sean is a fighter,' say family of injured fan
The family of Liverpool fan Sean Cox are "overwhelmed and humbled" by the support shown to him after he was attacked before the recent Champions League match against Roma.
Mr Cox, a 53-year-old businessman from Dunboyne, Co Meath, suffered serious head injuries in an incident outside Liverpool's ground Anfield on April 24.
It is believed Mr Cox, who is being treated at the Walton Neurological Centre in Liverpool, was hit with a belt. Two Italian men were remanded in custody after appearing in court in connection with the incident.
The Cox family issued a statement on the official Liverpool website, expressing their thanks for tributes and support offered.
"As a family, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have received since Sean was so badly hurt two weeks ago," the family statement read.
"From the wonderful medical staff at the Walton Centre who continue to care for Sean, to the highly dedicated officers of Merseyside Police who have assisted us from the moment we arrived."
The family statement highlighted the compassion shown, on and off the field.
"There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel to the ordinary people of Liverpool and Ireland who have taken Sean to their hearts in a way that underlines why those places have such a deserved reputation for generosity and solidarity.
"Every day, letters and cards arrive from this country, from Ireland and beyond. Every one wishes us well and the accompanying offers of support have reminded us, even in our darkest moments, that we are not walking alone.
"Sean remains in a critical condition but he is a fighter and that, coupled with the medical and spiritual support he is receiving, gives us hope in our hearts and we long for the day when our husband, dad and brother returns home to Dunboyne."