The city of Liverpool and the country of Ireland was left in shock on Tuesday night when Sean Cox from Co. Meath was attacked outside Anfield football stadium.
The 53-year-old had traveled over to the city to support his beloved Liverpool FC in their Champions League semi-final when he was set upon by Roma fans outside the Albert Pub next to the ground.
Two men have since been arrested and Mr. Cox remains in a coma with family members by his side. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke movingly today about the incident, saying:
"When I heard, I cannot describe my emotions. That should never happen, before or in the future.
"We all have to do everything to ensure that doesn’t happen again. Nobody has a solution but it is unbelievable that something like this can happen. All our prayers are with Sean and his family."
The German also sported a small Liverpool badge on his jumper, bearing the colours of the Irish tricolour as a mark of respect to Mr. Cox and his family. Tomorrow, Liverpool players intend to hang a Dunboyne GAA jersey in their dressing room ahead of their game against Stoke City in tribute to the long-time member of the Meath club.