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Liverpool fan left in critical condition named as Sean Cox

Sean Cox was attacked before the game on Tuesday evening

A Liverpool fan who was attacked by fans of AS Roma before last night's Champions League semi-final has been named as Sean Cox.

The 53-year-old is from Dunboyne in Ireland and had been visiting for the game.

He's now being treated for his injuries at Walton Neurological Centre, where his condition is described as critical, according to Merseyside Police.

He has done huge work locally. Sean is heavily involved in the community and the local GAA club. Everyone in the area is shocked by the news. We are thinking of him and his family at this tough time. We are all praying for a speedy recovery.

– Fianna Fail councillor Damien O'Reilly

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Roma fans arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Two men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a Liverpool supporter was left fighting for his life following an altercation between fans ahead of the Champions League semi-final at Anfield.

The man, believed to be from Ireland and with his brother, is being treated for his injuries at Walton Neurological Centre, where his condition is described as critical, Merseyside Police said.

The 25-year-old and 26-year-old were arrested after police launched an operation to track down the man's assailants amid scenes of violent disorder ahead of Liverpool's clash with Roma.

Liverpool Football Club said it was "shocked and appalled" by the incident and urged fans and those who attended the game to help Merseyside Police with their appeal for information.

Violence broke out near to the Albert pub before the game Credit: PA Images

We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7.35pm.

Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground.

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 and his next of kin have been informed.

– Detective Inspector Paul Speight, Merseyside Police

The Liverpool fan's alleged assailants were among a total of nine men, aged between 20 and 43, who were arrested for various offences before and after the match.

The offences included affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of a controlled drug, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.

Detectives are also investigating the use of flares outside the ground, the force said.

Once again Liverpool fans gathered outside Anfield to welcome their team Credit: PA Images

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Alfie Evans: Alder Hey say end of life care plan is in 'best interests' of toddler

The hospital caring for Alfie Evans say that the end of life care plan is in the toddler's 'best interests'

The hospital caring for Alfie Evans have said that end of life care is in the toddler's 'best interests'.

Alder Hey Children's Hospital released the statement following the High Court's ruling that the 23-month-old can not go to Italy for treatment.

This evening the High Court again ruled that it is in Alfie’s best interests to continue with the end of life care plan developed by the clinical team who have cared for him throughout.

Our top priority therefore remains in ensuring Alfie receives the care he deserves to ensure his comfort, dignity and privacy are maintained throughout. This includes working closely with Kate and Tom as they spend this precious time together with him.

We would be grateful if respect and consideration is shown to all our staff, patients and families at the hospital at this difficult time.

– Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Police investigating 'serious assault' between fans moments before Liverpool match

Merseyside Police are investigating a serious assault of a man outside a pub in Liverpool.

Reports suggested a Reds supporter had been attacked ahead of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final clash with Roma at Anfield with

Merseyside Police said in a statement:

We are investigating a serious assault of a man outside the Albert pub on Walton Breck Rd at about 7.35pm.

"Officers are appealing to anyone with information, or mobile phone footage to contact our social media desk via twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC."

– Merseyside Police
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