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Jurgen Klopp with Sean Cox

Jurgen Klopp with Sean Cox

Jurgen Klopp with Sean Cox

Nearly half a million euro was raised for Liverpool fan Sean Cox at a benefit gig featuring some of the world's most famous comedians at Dublin's 3Arena.

Around 8,000 fans filled the venue to see some of comedy's biggest names earlier this month.

John Bishop, Michael McIntyre, Dara O Briain, Tommy Tiernan and Joanne McNally were in the stellar line-up.

The event raised €465,000 for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.

Sean's wife Martina said her husband had enjoyed the show and enjoyed the comics' performances.

"That night in the 3Arena was a special one for us all, especially Sean," she said.

"He is a huge fan of John Bishop and of comedy generally.

"Sean knew that his comedy heroes, along with the 8,000 people in the arena, were all there to support him. I haven't seen Sean laugh like that since the attack. It has done him such good.

"A phenomenal amount of money was raised through the generosity of so many. We don't take it for granted and it will be used very carefully to make sure Sean has the medical care and support he needs."

Comedian Bishop said: "What happened to Sean could have happened to any of us and I have been hugely impressed by the strength and dignity of his family.

"I just wanted to do something to help and to allow people an opportunity for a good night out, at the same time showing them how much support there is for Sean.

"The line-up was amazing and everyone was keen to be involved from the moment I called them."

Sean (54), from Dunboyne, Co Meath, suffered catastrophic injuries from an attack before the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and AS Roma at Anfield in 2018.

The father-of-three spent months in a coma in Liverpool before being transferred back to an Irish hospital.

Three Italian men are currently serving jail sentences in relation to the attack, which left Sean unable to walk and in need of full-time care.