Nearly one year on from the Sean Cox incident which occurred in Liverpool, a man in his 30’s has been sent down for three and a half years.
As many people know on April 24, 2018, Sean Cox a 53-year-old Meath father of three travelled, along with his brother, over to Anfield for Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final game against AS Roma.
Having enjoyed his day around the town Sean headed up to the stadium for kick off. Little did he know that disaster was about to strike.
In an unprovoked attack, he was left with such life-changing injuries. Sean suffered a serious brain injury after he was punched by a number of rival fans.
Sean ended up in an induced coma for nearly six months and his family travelled to Liverpool to be by his bedside, hoping he would make a full recovery.
Sean’s Wife, Martina never left his bedside or gave up hope. Once Sean finally awoke it was all about getting him home on the path to recovery.
As he recovered it was obvious that it was an uphill battle for him to fight. With doctors putting recovery and physiotherapy plans in place, it was said that it could cost approximately two million euro in health bills for the family.
Locals set up a number of fundraising events to help the family out, Ireland is such a close-knit country which railed around to help support one of their own by setting up a GoFund me page in aid of Mr Cox and his family. Thousands of people donated whatever they could with even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Ireland captain Seamus Coleman donating €5000 each.
There has been a number of events to help raise any amount possible from people shaking buckets outside of Anfield on a match day to GAA charity matches.
Martina said: "Sean has been supporting Liverpool all of his life and to have this match in Dublin in his name will be a special day.
"It’s going to be a very long and slow process for Sean’s recovery and I’d like to thank the overwhelming support Liverpool fans have shown.
"I’d also like to thank the club, players and those former players who will be playing in the match for their continued support. We are also working with LFC on a number of other initiatives that will help to support Sean’s care in the years ahead."