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Meath manager Andy McEntee, Jack and Martina Cox and Dubs midfielder Michael Darragh MacAuley at the launch of the Dublin v Meath fundrasising football match in aid of Sean Cox

Meath manager Andy McEntee, Jack and Martina Cox and Dubs midfielder Michael Darragh MacAuley at the launch of the Dublin v Meath fundrasising football match in aid of Sean Cox

Meath manager Andy McEntee, Jack and Martina Cox and Dubs midfielder Michael Darragh MacAuley at the launch of the Dublin v Meath fundrasising football match in aid of Sean Cox

AS Roma will donate €150,000 to the rehabilitation costs for Liverpool fan Sean Cox who was left in a coma after a vicious assault in April.

Dubliner Sean was attacked by Italian supporters outside Anfield ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash between Liverpool and the Serie A side.

Roma said it will contribute €100,000 towards Mr Cox's medical bills while club president Jim Pallotta will give an additional €50,000.

Recovery

Club officials travelled to Ireland to meet Mr Cox's wife, Martina.

Roma has agreed to work with the family on fundraising initiatives to help cover ongoing costs for Mr Cox in the years ahead.

"What happened to Sean Cox should never happen to anyone attending a football match," said Mr Pallotta.

"Our thoughts today, as they have been from day one, are with Sean, Martina and their whole family. We all hope Sean makes as full a recovery as possible."

Roma managing director Mauro Baldissoni said everyone at the club was shocked and saddened by what had happened.

"In April we wrote to Mrs Cox to offer any help or support we could provide at a time that was right for the family," he said.

"Now, having sat down with Martina and listened to the long journey Sean still has ahead of him, we wanted to make a donation that will help support Sean's ongoing rehabilitation costs."

Mrs Cox spoke about how her life had been "turned upside down" since the incident.

"There's no sign of Sean being able to return home any time soon, and even with extensive specialist rehabilitation efforts, which will take years he will require care for the rest of his life," she said.

"We are hugely appreciative of the donation by AS Roma and Mr Pallotta, and more particularly by committing to meaningful assistance over the coming years with the struggle Sean is facing."

Meanwhile, the launch of the highly anticipated Dublin and Meath match in aid of Mr Cox took place last night in Dunboyne, where he lives.

Dublin boss Jim Gavin and Meath manager Andy McEntee were on hand to promote the fundraising clash, which will take place at Pairc Tailteann in Navan on December 16.

Donations to Mr Cox's rehabilitation fund can be made at gofundme.com/Support- SeanCox.


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