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Friday 19 October 2018

'Final is a chance to think of Sean' - as call made to give him a winners' medal

Relaxed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp joking around with Jordan Henderson on the pitch last night. Photo: Reuters
Relaxed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp joking around with Jordan Henderson on the pitch last night. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool fan Sean Cox
Liverpool players display a banner showing support for Sean Cox. Photo: PA

Liverpool fan Sean Cox remains in a critical condition, with friends of the tragic assault victim saying tonight's Champions League final is another chance to think of him.

The dad-of-three remains in hospital at Walton Neurological Centre in Liverpool, with his wife Martina at his bedside.

The avid Liverpool supporter - who is also heavily involved in Dunboyne GAA as secretary - was left seriously injured following an attack outside Anfield.

Recovery

Mr Cox was due to attend the Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma with his brother.

He was attacked on April 24, outside The Albert pub near the stadium.

Dunboyne GAA president Fergus McNulty said the recovery process was long, but locals were giving Mr Cox's family some space.

He said Mr Cox's condition was unchanged.

The fan was still in a serious condition but the local community is "certainly not giving up on him".

Mr Cox's love for Liverpool ensures that he will tonight come to the forefront of the minds of many friends and thousands of Liverpool supporters, who have rallied behind him in his recovery.

"It's another opportunity to think of Sean during the match," Mr McNulty said.

A number of Liverpool supporters have called for a Champions League medal to be presented to Mr Cox by the club, if they are to win tonight's match.

Overwhelming support flooded in for the fan when he underwent an operation last month.

A Dunboyne GAA jersey was hung inside the Anfield dressing room for the team's match against Stoke City following the incident.

Guilty

On Thursday, an Italian man pleaded guilty in relation to the violent incident before the Champions League semi-final match on April 24.

Daniele Sciusco (29) admitted violent disorder ahead of the match at Liverpool Crown Court.

Filippo Lombardi (21) has pleaded not guilty to the same charge and another of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Cox.

Mr Lombardi was remanded in custody and will face trial at Preston Crown Court in October.

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