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Old 26-11-18, 08:20 PM   #1
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Sean Cox: Liverpool v Roma attack victim's wife on impact of serious assault

By Dan Roan


"Sean went to a match in April and he never came home, that's the reality of it."

This is the stark truth Martina Cox is facing, after her husband Sean Cox was attacked before Liverpool's Champions League semi-final against Roma in April, outside Anfield.

She says the attack lasted just 17 seconds. But that 17 seconds will have a lifetime effect on her 53-year-old husband, who now cannot talk, walk or sit up unaided.

Described as an "absolutely huge supporter" by his wife, Mr Cox had made a last-minute decision to travel to the match from his home in Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland with his brother Martin.

"He's been supporting Liverpool all his life," Mrs Cox said. "Sean regularly went to matches with either his brother or family, it was a very natural thing for him to do.

"It was a really familiar place for him. He would have felt quite safe there as well."

The father-of-three was assaulted by a Roma fan outside a pub metres from the stadium and less than an hour before kick-off.

According to Mrs Cox, her husband was struck at the back and side of the head and then he fell, receiving a third knock to the head on the ground, in what she calls a "life-changing, horrific fall".

Nobody has been convicted of the attack.

Roma fan Daniele Sciusco, 29, was jailed for violent disorder in August for his part in trouble outside the ground.

Last month Filippo Lombardi, 21, was cleared of assaulting Mr Cox - though he was jailed after admitting violent disorder.

And another Roma fan appeared in court in Rome last month on suspicion of assault and has been remanded before an extradition hearing.

Recalling the moment she found out her husband had been injured, Mrs Cox said: "I got a phone call from my sister-in-law and she said Sean had a hit to the head and he was on his way to the Aintree Hospital.

"I got a call from a nurse and she explained that Sean had had a bleed on the brain and severe bruising and needed emergency surgery.

"I was just in absolute shock, I didn't really take it in and I didn't look on social media."

She was then told the first 24 hours would be crucial to his survival.

When Mrs Cox first saw her husband a few hours after the "senseless" incident, he was out of surgery and on a ventilator, heavily sedated.

"It was horrific looking at him, absolutely horrific. Your husband, just lying there lifeless. Awful really."

The long, slow recovery

Mr Cox spent the next four and a half weeks at the Walton Centre in Liverpool, a specialist neurological unit for brain injuries, before being airlifted to another specialist unit at Dublin's Beaumont Hospital.

"He was fully sedated for two weeks immediately after the attack, then it took nearly another four weeks for him to actually come around. It wasn't actually until we got to Beaumont that he had opened his eyes, but he wasn't fully conscious as such," his wife said.

The Gaelic football fan was a keen golfer and runner before his brain injury, and was due to run the Dublin marathon in October.

He is now in a rehabilitation centre in Dun Laoghaire - a 40-minute drive from the family home - where he has been cared for for the past seven weeks.

The sales director has only recently become able to eat small portions of soft foods.

"Sean's started to drink as well but it's all very slow and measured because they're all very small, tiny little steps but it's good progress," Mrs Cox said.

"There are more words coming since he started to eat - that does help - but it's a very long, slow process and long journey for Sean.

"They say you don't get back the same person and we know that."

The lifelong Reds fan also recognises family members and Mrs Cox says it is "encouraging" to see her husband improving.

"It is difficult, there are good days and bad days, but it's all about trying to get Sean to the best place and that's where I'm at," she said.

'The children miss their dad'

The impact on the family has been "difficult" for the couple's three children - Jack, 21, Shauna, 20, and Emma, 17 - and Mrs Cox says everyday life has "completely changed".

"I miss Sean, our children miss their dad," she said. "We're trying to muddle through it and do the best we can. Sean would want us to get on with our lives and we're trying as best we can.

"I have two kids in college and my youngest daughter is doing her leaving certificate this year so we have to get on with certain things, but it's difficult."

When asked if getting on with their lives might mean the children watching matches at Anfield, she answered: "Absolutely, yes. What happened shouldn't have happened in the first place but people have to live their lives."

What does the future hold?

The Cox family are facing the reality that Sean's recovery will need years of specialist treatment which could cost millions of pounds.

The family have received substantial donations from AS Roma, Liverpool, Everton's Seamus Coleman and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, both of whom gave 5,000 euros (£4,400).

Football fans have been donating to a Go Fund Me page as part of the fundraising efforts, which recently hit £400,000, but government funding for care in the rehab centre is set to end in the coming weeks.

"The fans have been absolutely amazing and the club has promised to support Sean," Mrs Cox said.

"Roma don't have any connection to Sean but they really have stepped up to the plate in terms of what they have given for the donation and they have also agreed to work with us in terms of fundraising activities going forward."

Roma have donated an initial amount of 150,000 euros (£130,000) to help with her husband's medical and rehab costs, of which 50,000 euros was a personal donation from club president Jim Pallotta.

When asked if she would like to see something similar from Liverpool, Mrs Cox said: "You would hope so, yes... let's just wait and see, that's all I can say at this point.

"There was a bucket collection at the Cardiff match and half the funds raised were matched by the Liverpool Foundation so that was about £29,000 which is really good and we're very grateful for that. Liverpool have also agreed to help with some fundraising in terms of community activity going forward so that's where we're at."

Liverpool said they were working on "a number of initiatives" to support the Cox family.

Mrs Cox has hailed the "fantastic" medical staff caring for her husband and revealed she is looking at other treatment options in the UK, Europe or America.

"Obviously we want the best for Sean because I think he deserves it, this shouldn't have happened and we've done everything we can in terms of fundraising," she said.

"People just have rallied around, they've done so much, it's been heart-warming."

Before his injuries, Mr Cox would set himself a goal "and stick to it".

And that determination is what his wife believes will get him through his recuperation.

"He's very determined in everything that he does, " Mrs Cox said.

"Obviously the goal is to get him home, that's what we all want, all his family want, and he belongs here with us."
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Old 26-11-18, 08:34 PM   #2
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They should do an LFC vs Ireland legends match at Anfield in the March international break and then a return game at the Aviva in the summer. 20 quid in, 2 million sorted.
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Old 26-11-18, 09:18 PM   #3
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The whole squad should give just one weeks wages to the fund; i know that's fanciful, but most are multi-millionaires & what one weeks money to them when they earn so much.
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Old 26-11-18, 10:55 PM   #4
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The whole squad should give just one weeks wages to the fund; i know that's fanciful, but most are multi-millionaires & what one weeks money to them when they earn so much.
That would be a great starting point.
The idea of home and away friendlies is great too.
It would be good to see this grow into a fans benevolent fund, so others who have life changing issues could be helped.
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Old 27-11-18, 09:28 AM   #5
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The whole squad should give just one weeks wages to the fund; i know that's fanciful, but most are multi-millionaires & what one weeks money to them when they earn so much.
Even one days wages combined would make an incredible difference.
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Old 27-11-18, 09:41 AM   #6
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Even one days wages combined would make an incredible difference.
I was thinking about this and the man was a victim of a random attack going to support the club he loved, it could be any one of us. What would we want/expect to happen in similar circumstances.

I guess the club as a whole need to do something. They should cover the cost of his treatment at the minimum and be seen as the "face" of the support, the players in the background can agree to pay a % of their salary to cover that.

Even Roma + Palotta donated circa €150k right - that is fantastic but should they do more? It's a really hard one to gauge.

The friendly is a great idea and also a genuine way for fans to contribute - they could even get a Roma legends team to play (Totti, Cafu, Batistiuta + more). If he doesn't get the financial backing he needs he may never recover properly.
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Old 27-11-18, 12:41 PM   #7
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I was thinking about this and the man was a victim of a random attack going to support the club he loved, it could be any one of us. What would we want/expect to happen in similar circumstances.

I guess the club as a whole need to do something. They should cover the cost of his treatment at the minimum and be seen as the "face" of the support, the players in the background can agree to pay a % of their salary to cover that.

Even Roma + Palotta donated circa €150k right - that is fantastic but should they do more? It's a really hard one to gauge.

The friendly is a great idea and also a genuine way for fans to contribute - they could even get a Roma legends team to play (Totti, Cafu, Batistiuta + more). If he doesn't get the financial backing he needs he may never recover properly.





He and his family need the sort of financial help that will see him cared for for the rest of his life.


A friendly in the Aviva would be a great gesture and/or one at Anfield. Have some bucket collections before a friendly as well to raise a bit more, just as was done before the Cardiff game.

Should be fairly easy to pencil in such a friendly game as part of a pre season set up if they wanted to.


I know there will be an arguement by bean counters that if the club pays for this then it sets a precedent for the club being expected to pay for anything that happens in the future and that legally the club has no responsibility, but I think in cases like this that the right thing to do should trump the legal obligations.


The worry his family must be feeling now has to be crippling, and without some serious financial help I would not be overly optimistic of how well they will fare going through the Irish medical system in terms of what support etc will be available long term.


For me the moment Roma put forward the €150k, I think Liverpool should have announced they were matching it and announced that other avenues to raise further funds were in the pipeline


We are in an era where clubs were asked to all donate £250k each for an outgoing Premier League chairman, a man who was earning approx 2.5 million a year including bonuses.

So if 250k can be given as a gift to a healthy rich man, I do not think that Liverpool FC should be scrimping when it comes to helping out one of their own supporters who is in a very bad way.
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He and his family need the sort of financial help that will see him cared for for the rest of his life.


A friendly in the Aviva would be a great gesture and/or one at Anfield. Have some bucket collections before a friendly as well to raise a bit more, just as was done before the Cardiff game.

Should be fairly easy to pencil in such a friendly game as part of a pre season set up if they wanted to.


I know there will be an arguement by bean counters that if the club pays for this then it sets a precedent for the club being expected to pay for anything that happens in the future and that legally the club has no responsibility, but I think in cases like this that the right thing to do should trump the legal obligations.


The worry his family must be feeling now has to be crippling, and without some serious financial help I would not be overly optimistic of how well they will fare going through the Irish medical system in terms of what support etc will be available long term.


For me the moment Roma put forward the €150k, I think Liverpool should have announced they were matching it and announced that other avenues to raise further funds were in the pipeline


We are in an era where clubs were asked to all donate £250k each for an outgoing Premier League chairman, a man who was earning approx 2.5 million a year including bonuses.

So if 250k can be given as a gift to a healthy rich man, I do not think that Liverpool FC should be scrimping when it comes to helping out one of their own supporters who is in a very bad way.


The bit in bold is what will make the club consider their actions carefully and the Scudamore point is an excellent one I never considered.
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For me the Scudamore point says it all. In reality the club make so much money from the supporters - so they should be prepared to do a bit for the fans every now and then.

And don't get me wrong - I think LFC are probably better at this kind of thing than most other clubs - so hopefully they will sort something out for Sean.

It is so fuckin sad on the fella though. Going to watch a game of football and some fuckin scumbag decides to just fuckin whack him. The case where the Italian fella got away with it but got done for "violent disorder" or some shite like that - that must be a hard pill to swallow too. I'd personally like to live in a zero-tolerance society. Fighting at a football match? Fuck off - here is 10 years in jail.
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It's a sad state of affairs when someone in his position needs private funds to ensure suitable treatment, the national health service is supposed to see people right in such circumstances.
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It certainly is a sad case.......last update I heard was that the prohibitive cost of rehab support (which would ideally be a place in Germany IIRC) was in the region of €1.2m.
That's probably changed as that information was from a while back and maybe other options have been considered, but certainly the uncertainty around the continued coverage in the health service was foremost in the family's minds.
Don't know what the position of any private health care package here is, but I would have imagined that required rehab was covered, but clearly that isnt the case here for whatever reasons.
Not that it should be required anyway - healthcare should be the one service everyone can avail of without barriers or levels.
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Just because they haven't publicised it doesn't mean they haven't done it.
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It's a sad state of affairs when someone in his position needs private funds to ensure suitable treatment, the national health service is supposed to see people right in such circumstances.
It'd be great if it was obviously but the health service isn't flush with red lines on such matters, that kind of special rehabilitative care would break it. Anyway Sean Cox is Irish so surely in Irish care.

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Good to hear that some words are being spoken and he has taken some small foods. Clearly a long road ahead srill and ultimately life changing but i hadn't heard of that progress, somewhat encouraging.
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It'd be great if it was obviously but the health service isn't flush with red lines on such matters, that kind of special rehabilitative care would break it. Anyway Sean Cox is Irish so surely in Irish care.



I don't think the missus would say they haven't if they did.



He is currently in a rehab centre here in Ireland, but afaik he needs a lot of specialist treatment that would need to be gotten in either Germany or the USA so that would require massive money, plus the care he would still need in Ireland would also be specialist so most likely that would also see massive financial costs to his family.


The care he can get through the HSE (Ireland's version of the NHS) will not come close to what he actually needs.



Spot on about the comments from his wife too. She was asked directly in the Irish media if LFC had matched the donation from Roma or if She would like to see LFC help help and she said that LFC had not and that you would hope they would do something and that it was a case of waiting to see if they did.



Terrible situation for the man and his family to be in. Goes to a game to support the team he loves and ends up having his life changed for the worse, his family under stress, the attackers not getting proper jail time, and needing the sort of money for medical care that a lottery win might barely cover.
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Roma should foot the whole bill for his lifetime. Would costs them less than a tiny transfer fee.

It's their fans who caused this after all
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Would not disagree with that either tbh.
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Liverpool is usually a decent club and does the right thing, I would love the hear the club making a very big gesture to the family. Definitely, a charity match would be both appropriate and a huge help I am sure.
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