Merseyside Police are hoping Liverpool supporters on their way to the club’s Champions League tie with Roma will come forward with footage and eyewitness accounts of an attack which left a Co Meath father in a critical condition.
Police said two men, aged 25 and 26, from Rome, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Mr Cox suffered head injuries, having been attacked outside the Albert pub, next to Liverpool’s Anfield ground, at around 7.35pm on Tuesday.
“Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground,” Detective Inspector Paul Speight said. “Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton Neurological Centre, where he is being treated for a head injury. His condition is currently described as critical
“The place where this incident occurred is right by the ground and was heaving with fans, making their way to the game. I would appeal to anyone who has any information, or mobile phone footage of the incident, to contact us urgently, as the information they have could be vital to our investigation.”
The authorities yesterday made the appeal, as the wife of Sean Cox, 53, from Dunboyne, flew to England to be at his bedside at Walton Neurological Centre.