Monday 21 May 2018

Liverpool's touching gesture to Sean Cox as local GAA jersey to hang on dressing room wall ahead of Rome clash

Sean Cox was attacked outside the Albert Pub before Liverpool's 5-2 win over Roma in Anfield
Sean Cox was attacked outside the Albert Pub before Liverpool's 5-2 win over Roma in Anfield
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Liverpool will pay tribute to Irishman Sean Cox ahead of next week's Champions League return leg against Roma in Italy.

The 53-year-old Dunboyne man is fighting for his life after being randomly attacked by vicious Roma thugs ahead of last Tuesday's first leg in Anfield.

Mr Cox was drinking outside the Albert Pub with his brother when a gang of Roma Ultras - armed with belts and hammers - launched an unprovoked attack on innocent Liverpool fans who were enjoying the pre-match atmosphere.

The Irishman is currently being treated in Walton Neurological Centre after sustaining serious head injuries in the cowardly attack before Liverpool's 5-2 victory while two Italians have been charged over the incident.

Filippo Lombardi (20) was charged with violent disorder and wounding/inflict grievous bodily harm.

Daniele Sciusco (29) was charged with violent disorder.

Mr Cox is involved with his local GAA club, St Peter's Dunboyne, and a club spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that Liverpool have requested one of their jerseys to hang on the dressing room wall for the return leg in Roma next Wednesday.

"The request for the St Peter's jersey has been made and Sean will be remembered before the game in Rome. The message from the club is that You'll Never Walk Alone," a club source told the Irish Sun.

"It is a very touching gesture."

The RTE panel paid tribute to Mr Cox during their coverage of Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on last night (Wednesday).

"He was attacked by people who claim to support Roma but we did mention a repeated history of this tiny minority who claim to represent that club that have got in trouble," said host Darragh Maloney.

"As it happens I know Sean Cox, I've met him many times in his former role as chairman of Dunboyne GAA club. He's a lovely man and as all of us have said we send him his best and his family tonight."

Well wishes have been pouring in for Mr Cox following the attack and a GoFundMe page has raised €24,237 at the time of writing.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson took to social media on Wednesday to express the team's best wishes to Cox as he recovers from his injuries.

"The thoughts and prayers of all the players are with the Liverpool fan who is currently very poorly in hospital, after being badly hurt ahead of our game last night," Henderson said.

"He came to watch a football match and support our team - the only result that matters to us now is that he recovers and can return home to be with his family and loved ones."

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