A 53 year-old Meath man remains in a critical condition after he was injured before last night’s UEFA Champions League semi-final match in Liverpool.
Sean Cox from Dunboyne was struck by a belt before the Liverpool and Roma Anfield semi-final. Two Italian men – both in their 20s – have been arrested and are being questioned by Merseyside police. His wife has flown out to be at his bedside amid such a harrowing personal attack.
Mr. Cox is involved with St. Peters GAA club and is currently club Treasurer. AS Roma have condemned the “abhorrent behaviour” of fans involved in clashes last night.
Merseyside police said they had stopped nine people including five Italians and four English from further conflict including two Romans, who were arrested on charges of attempted murder. They have appealed to anyone who witnessed the incidents to come forward.
Reports today said that the aggression was sudden and very violent. A small group of up to thirty Roma fans armed with belts, passed the Albert Pub behind the Kop End at Anfield and in the ensuing brawl Sean Cox was struck and left on the ground before he was rescued by a friend, while the clashes continued for another minute.
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