Liverpool's €748k cheque for Sean after Aviva benefit match
A cheque for €748,000 has been presented to the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust at Anfield following the special benefit soccer match held in Dublin in April.
The Aviva Stadium hosted the star-studded game to raise money for Irish Liverpool fan Mr Cox, who was left with life-changing injuries after an unprovoked attack by Roma fans ahead of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in April year.
His wife Martina was in Liverpool to accept the cheque from the Merseyside club yesterday.
The money raised will go towards the provision of long-term care for the injured Meath man.
"Today is my first ever visit to Anfield and, while it is tinged with some sadness given Sean cannot be with me, we are humbled by the warmth and generosity that has been shown by Liverpool Football Club, its supporters and the people of this city in taking Sean into their hearts," said Mrs Cox.
"While the doctors are pleased with his progress, it is slow, and Sean himself is frustrated at not being able to properly speak or express himself or do the things he took for granted before the attack.
"Sean begins the next stage in his rehabilitation later this summer when he will travel from Dublin to a specialist neurological centre in Yorkshire.
"As a family, we hope and pray that we get more of the old Sean back in the years ahead."
Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore paid tribute to the club's Irish fans at the presentation when he said: "What happened to Sean was such a terrible tragedy - no football fan should go to a game and suffer what he and his family have endured.
"We have all been touched by what happened, and while football is still a tribal game, we must come together to try and help in any way we can, regardless of club colours.
"The support we have seen from fans all over the world has shown that this game is special when everyone is united.
"It was incredible to see so many supporters come together and help support Sean.
"I would like to thank our fans for their unwavering loyalty in supporting this game, and also the Football Association of Ireland and its partners for their generous support in helping us deliver such a magnificent event."