Liverpool fan Sean 'still critical' as family thanks supporters
The family of injured Liverpool football fan Sean Cox has said it has been "overwhelmed and humbled" by the support it has received and confirmed the father-of-three remains in a critical condition.
Mr Cox (53) from Dunboyne, Co Meath, suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted outside the club's Anfield stadium before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Roma on April 24.
Two men in their 20s from Rome have been charged with violent disorder over the incident.
The Cox family has released a statement on Liverpool's official website.
"As a family, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have received since Sean was so badly hurt two weeks ago," the statement said.
"From the wonderful medical staff at the Walton Centre who continue to care for Sean to the highly dedicated officers of Merseyside Police who have assisted us from the moment we arrived, it has been a great comfort to know that we are in such good hands.
"There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel to the ordinary people of Liverpool and Ireland who have taken Sean to their hearts in a way that underlines why those places have such a deserved reputation for generosity and solidarity.
"Every day, letters and cards arrive from this country, from Ireland and beyond.
"Every one of them wishes us well, and the accompanying offers of support have reminded us - even in our darkest moments - that we are not walking alone.
"Sean remains in a critical condition, but he is a fighter, and that, coupled with the medical and spiritual support he is receiving, gives us hope in our hearts, and we long for the day when our husband, dad and brother returns home to Dunboyne so we can be together as a family once more.
"In the meantime, we would ask that our privacy continues to be respected, and when we have news, we will share it at the appropriate time.
"Until then, all we can do is hope and pray for Sean in the knowledge that he is receiving the best possible care."