AS Roma wore t-shirts with a message support for critically injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox ahead of their Champions League semi-final match this week.
The 53-year-old Meath man was attacked outside Anfield last week before the first leg on Merseyside, leaving him fighting for his life and several Roma supporters charged with assault.
The Italian side denounced the attack with the strongest language possible, with club presiden James Pallotta hitting out at the “fucking morons” tarnishing Roma’s name and engaging in a violent and unprovoked attack before a football match.
To show their support for Sean, Roma wore t-shirts with “Forza Sean” printed on them as they trained on Tuesday afternoon, just over 24 hours before the second leg at the Olimpico.
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Manager Eusebio di Francesco also spoke of his solidarity with Sean when addressing the media on Tuesday, echoing Jurgen Klopp’s sentiments by calling on the match and occasion to pass without a repeat incident:
“There are bad apples among all fans. I’ve already said that I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Sean Cox and his family and I’m against all forms of violence, like we all are here.
“There are good fans in Rome, we can’t allow a small number of fans, which I think there are in England too, to ruin our beautiful sport
Liverpool fans have already started to arrive in the Italian capital as Klopp’s side look to book a place in the Champions League final for the first time since 2007.