Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Liverpool-Roma clash: Victim of Anfield attack named



A man left in a critical condition after he was attacked before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma has been named.

 
Sean Cox, 53, of Dunboyne, County Meath in the Irish Republic is in hospital with a head injury.


Liverpool FC said it was "shocked and appalled" by the incident.


Two men from Rome, aged 20 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Seven others are being held for various offences at Tuesday's match.


The attack happened outside The Albert pub in Walton Breck Road, next to Anfield stadium, shortly before kick-off.
Mr Cox has been described as a "long-serving" and "popular" member of the St Peter's Gaelic football club in Dunboyne.


Man in forensic suit outside Anfield.


Club chairman Fergus McNulty said: "We hope Sean is receiving all of the medical care he requires and that he makes a full and speedy recovery.


"Our thoughts and prayers are with Sean and his family, and we hope that they get the privacy and space they need."


Det Insp Paul Speight of Merseyside Police said witnesses reported Mr Cox was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground.


"His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed," he said.


Eyewitnesses reported seeing a group of Roma fans descend on the road outside Anfield where Liverpool supporters had gathered.


The Arrests

• A 20-year-old man from Rome: arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to a police station for interview
• A 29-year-old man from Rome: arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to a police station to be interviewed
• A 38-year-old from Italy: arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon, held at a police station for interview
• A 28-year-old man from Italy: arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to a seat and for throwing items inside Anfield, taken to a police station for interview
• A 28-year-old man from Italy: arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, held at a police station to be interviewed
• A 35-year-old man from Ealing: arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, taken to a police station to be interviewed
• A 35-year-old man from Thurrock, Essex: arrested for affray, taken to a police station to be interviewed
• A 40-year-old man from Kirkby: arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, issued with a fixed penalty notice
• A 42-year-old man from Stockbridge Village: arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug (cocaine), issued with a caution.


Supporter seen with a hammer outside Anfield





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