Sunday 20 May 2018

Roma boss 'praying for Sean Cox and family' as he condemns violence

Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco
Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco

Roma players and staff are praying for Irishman Sean Cox to make a full recovery following the attack that left him in critical condition before Liverpool's 5-2 win over the Italians at Anfield on Tuesday.

Mr Cox remains in an induced coma in the Walton Neurological Centre. His family have travelled to his bedside and must wait over the weekend until medics begin the process of trying to wake him. Only then can they begin to assess the degree of injury he has received, how long term it is likely to be, and if surgery was a success.

Cox and his brother were waiting outside the landmark Albert pub ahead of kick off when Roma Ultras launched an unprovoked attack on innocent Liverpool fans.

Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco has condemned the attack and says that everyone at the club are praying for a speedy recovery.

"We condemn any and all forms of violence," Di Francesco stated. "The team, my staff and I have all been thinking about and praying for Sean Cox and his family.

"My hope is that the second leg will be played in an inclusive, celebratory atmosphere: for football, and for sport in general. This is my appeal to our supporters."

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