AS Roma's gesture for Liverpool fan Sean Cox deserves a lot of respect

Cox was attacked ahead of the semi-final vs Roma

Liverpool's 2017/18 Champions League campaign brought with it so many positive memories, but it was also marred by the sad story of Sean Cox.

The Reds fan was brutally attacked by Roma supporters outside the Albert pub ahead of the semi-final first leg at Anfield.

The 53-year-old suffered life-changing brain injuries.

The violence was widely condemned and everyone connected with both clubs quickly rushed to send the dad-of-three messages of support.

Ever since, fans have been trying to raise €2million to help the Irishman's family pay for his rehabilitation, which he is undergoing at Dun Laoghaire.

At the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has raised over €400,000 which will go towards Cox's long-term treatment.

Jurgen Klopp himself has played no small part in that, the German having personally chipped in a very generous €5000.

To their credit, Roma have been incredibly supportive too.

Roma have made a lovely gesture

Days after the game, which the Serie A side lost 5-2, their official account tweeted:

"Now is not the time for us to talk about football.

"We are praying for Sean Cox and his family.

"His recovery, and the safety of all fans attending football matches, is the only thing that matters now."

The Giallorossi have now announced they will be donating an initial sum of €150,000 to Cox's family - €50,000 of that will come from club president Jim Pallotta's own personal wealth.

Roma confirmed:

"Roma and club president Jim Pallotta have today announced that they will donate an initial sum of €150,000 to the family of Liverpool fan #SeanCox to help with his medical and rehabilitation costs.

"Roma will donate €100,000 through its Roma Cares foundation, while Jim Pallotta has decided to make a personal donation of €50,000 to the #SeanCox fund."

“What happened to Sean Cox should never happen to anyone attending a football match," Pallotta added.

"Our thoughts today, as they have been from day one, are with Sean, Martina and their whole family. We all hope Sean makes as full a recovery as possible.”

It's thought that Cox's rehabilitation is going to require expensive care over several years.

His wife, Martina Cox, said she was "hugely appreciative of today's donation by AS Roma and Mr Pallotta, and more particularly by committing to meaningful assistance over the coming years with the struggle Sean is facing into.”

It's fantastic to see the football world rallying around his family at such an awful time. 

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