Roma's players have paid tribute to Liverpool fan Sean Cox today after the Irishman was injured in an attack by Roma fans before the Champions League tie last week.
Sean Cox sustained head injuries after being assaulted outside The Albert Pub last Tuesday in an incident that sparked widespread outrage. Yesterday, it was reported that doctors at the Walton Neurological Centre hoped to bring the 53-year-old from Dunboyne out of his induced coma while Liverpool players hung a St. Peter's Dunboyne GAA jersey in the dressing room last weekend.
Roma trained today ahead of tomorrow's second leg, wearing t-shirts with 'Forza Sean' written on them.
Forza Sean #ASRoma pic.twitter.com/TCxvJJB7UQ
— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) May 1, 2018
An important message on the players' shirts for today's training session... 🙏#ASRoma pic.twitter.com/asHGI3sqjw
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 1, 2018
In today's pre-match press conference, Georginio Wijnaldum said the players were devastated by the incident.
It is not a nice feeling when someone gets injured. We were devastated. We felt it, because it is a game of joy, everyone has to be safe. It is not a good thing this happened to him.
Last week the Roma president James Pallotta also expressed his grief for Cox.
I don't want to talk about the game at all at Liverpool. ... These games are great but they are not life and death and what's going on now with Sean Cox in Liverpool ... that is life and death and that effects his family. And I don't really give a shit about the score at the end of the day.
Today coach Eusebio Di Francesco echoed these sentiments. A fundraiser has also been set up for Cox with €76,827 raised so far.