Monday 21 October 2019

'Overjoyed': Sean Cox savours Liverpool victory at home with his family

Elated: Sean Cox with his family
Elated: Sean Cox with his family

Eimear Rabbitte and Ian Begley

Injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox watched with his family as his beloved Reds were crowned champions of Europe in Madrid.

Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co Meath, suffered a brain injury in a random attack by an Italian hooligan outside Anfield last year.

He is being treated at the National Rehabilitation Hospital but was allowed home for the Champions League final against Tottenham on Saturday.

He watched the game surrounded by family and friends and joined them in an emotional rendition of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' after Liverpool's 2-0 victory.

His family said yesterday that he had been "overjoyed" by the victory and returned to hospital elated.

His wife Martina said: "The club and its fans have taken Sean, our family and I, into their hearts since Sean's attack last year.

"Nobody could be happier than the Cox family for Jurgen Klopp, his players and the wonderful Liverpool fans.

"Sean watched the game with us at home, proudly wearing a signed Liverpool jersey sent to him by the club's CEO Peter Moore last week.

"He was overjoyed when the final whistle blew and Liverpool were crowned champions."

Mr Cox (54), who continues his rehabilitation at the hospital in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, is a former company director. He suffered major head trauma when he was struck by a masked AS Roma supporter outside Anfield in April last year ahead of a Champions League tie.

In February, Simone Mastrelli (30) was jailed for three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty at Preston Crown Court to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Ms Cox added: "On Sean's behalf, I want to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Liverpool Football Club on winning the Champions League."

Meanwhile, Cork's Caoimhin Kelleher (20) has described the experience of receiving a Champions League medal as "once in a lifetime" and "probably the best feeling I've ever had".

Goalkeeper Kelleher received his medal as a member of the Liverpool squad.

After the match, he celebrated with his team-mates in Madrid.

"It was unbelievable," Kelleher told RTÉ following the game. "The team has worked so hard all year. They have produced some unbelievable performances.

"This is the least they deserve. I was just delighted really.

"It was nerve-wracking to be honest. It was probably easier playing because you're not as nervous.

"My heart was beating the whole time. Thankfully we got the win."

The Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, congratulated Kelleher.

"Caoimhin joins an illustrious list of Irish players to win a Champions League medal. The Cork native certainly has a bright future ahead of him at both club and international level."

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