Two men charged in connection with attack on Irish man in Liverpool

Sean Cox (53) remains in a critical condition in hospital

Two men charged in connection with attack on Irish man in Liverpool

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Updated: 15.30

Two Italian men charged over an attack on an Irish man in Liverpool earlier this week have been remanded in custody.

53-year-old Sean Cox from Dunboyne in Co Meath was seriously injured when he was attacked outside a pub near Anfield stadium on Tuesday.

It happened shortly before kick-off in the Liverpool v Roma Champion's League semi-final.

Mr Cox remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police confirmed on Thursday that two men have been charged following the incident.

The two men have appeared in court.

20-year-old Filippo Lombardi has been charged with violent disorder and wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm. 

29-year-old Daniele Sciusco has been charged with violent disorder. 

'A truly decent man'

Sean Cox, a father of three, had travelled to Liverpool with his brother for Tuesday's match.

In a statement, Mr Cox's family described him as the "most amazing and wonderful husband, dad, friend, son, uncle, and brother".

Sean Cox | Image: Facebook

The family said: "He has brought us all nothing but joy. He is a truly decent man who adores Liverpool FC and just came over from his home in County Meath, Ireland, to watch his beloved team".

"We are completely devastated by what has happened to our lovely, caring, Sean and all we want is for him to come home to his loving wife and three children. We hope Sean makes a full recovery from the injuries he sustained and that we will all be back together soon as a family in Ireland spending precious time together."

The 53-year-old is the treasurer of St Peter's GAA Club in Dunboyne.

The club chairman Fergus McNulty said Mr Cox is an 'integral part' of life at St Peter's, having previously served as chairman and secretary.

Mr McNulty said: "We're all shocked - Sean is a gentleman. He's extremely quiet, but a very determined, very capable individual... he's the last individual that you would imagine to get caught up in this."

"The club in its entirety is really trying to rally around Sean and Sean's family, and that's really where our focus is at the moment."