Roma Fan Accused Of Lying About Liverpool Fan Assault

Elaine Stenson
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The prosecutor in the trial of a Roma fan charged with assaulting Liverpool fan Sean Cox has accused him of lying about what happened that night.

Filippo Lombardi denies being part of a joint attack on the 53-year-old who had travelled from Dunboyne in Co. Meath to watch a Champions League game.

 

Filippo Lombardi isn’t accused of throwing the punch that knocked Sean Cox unconscious outside Anfield before Liverpool hosted Roma last April but the 21-year-old Roma fan is accused of being part of the attack.

From the stand on Monday, he said he only armed himself with his belt because he felt threatened by some aggressive Liverpool fans.

In his closing speech, prosecuting barrister Neville Biddle described that claim as ‘nonsense’ and accused Mr. Lombardi of telling a ‘whole series of untruths’ and he suggested that maybe he did so because he’s ashamed of himself and can’t accept responsibility for it.

In her final address to the jurors, defence barrister Alison Gurden said this isn’t a cut and dry case and she claimed the defence had shown enough to raise some doubt as to Mr. Lombardi’s alleged involvement.

‘If you do have any doubt’, she said ‘then you must acquit him of this assault’.