A charity game featuring Liverpool Legends which took place at the Aviva Stadium earlier this year has raised €748,000 for the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
The Liverpool fan suffered life-changing injuries when he was attacked before the Champions League game with Roma in April 2018, with the game being organised to raise money for his ongoing treatment.
Over 26,000 fans attended the game between a Liverpool XI and a Republic of Ireland XI at the Aviva Stadium in April in what turned out to be an emotional occasion for all involved.
Liverpool CEO Peter Moore, LFC Foundation director Matt Parish and Joe Blott, chair of the Spirit of Shankly, presented a special cheque to Seán’s wife, Martina Cox, and Stephen Felle, chairman of the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust.
“What happened to Seán was such a terrible tragedy – no football fan should go to a game and suffer what he and his family have endured,” said Moore.
“We have all been touched by what happened and whilst football is still a tribal game, we must come together to try to help in any way we can regardless of club colours.
“The support we have seen from football fans all over the world has shown that this game is special when everyone is united. It was incredible to see so many supporters come together and help support Seán.
“I would like to thank our fans for their unwavering loyalty in supporting this game, and also the Football Association of Ireland and its partners for their generous support in helping us deliver such a magnificent event.”
Sean’s wife Martina Cox added:
“Today is my first ever visit to Anfield and, while it is tinged with some sadness given Seán cannot be with me, we are humbled by the warmth and generosity that has been shown by Liverpool Football Club, its supporters and the people of this city in taking Seán into their hearts.
“While the doctors are pleased with his progress, it is slow and Seán himself is frustrated at not being able to properly speak or express himself or do the things he took for granted before the attack.
“Seán begins the next stage in his rehabilitation later this summer when he will travel from Dublin to a specialist neurological centre in Yorkshire. As a family we hope and pray that we get more of the old Seán back in the years ahead.”