Roma To Donate €150,000 To The Family Of Liverpool Fan Sean Cox
Roma has revealed that it will be making a significant donation to the family of Liverpool fan Sean Cox.
The Italian club will be providing €100,000 through its Roma Cares foundation, with club president Jim Pallotta adding a personal donation of €50,000.
The Reds fan, who is from Dunboyne, Ireland, was attacked outside of Anfield before Liverpool's match with Roma in the Champions League last season.
The club confirmed that officials had flown out to Ireland to meet with the father-of-three's wife, Martina, as well as the family's representatives who have been managing their fundraising efforts.
In a statement on their official website, Roma said that it would be working closely with the Cox family on more fundraising initiatives. As part of their collaboration, it will allow them to "cover ongoing costs for Sean over a multi-year period."
Mauro Baldissoni, the managing director for Roma, said: "Everyone at the club was shocked and saddened by what happened to Sean Cox outside Anfield and the huge impact it's had on not just him but also his wife, his children and his family and friends.
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"Back in April, we wrote to Mrs Cox to offer any help or support we could provide at a time that was right for the family.
"Now, having sat down on Friday with Martina and listened to the long journey Sean still has ahead of him, we wanted to make a donation that will help support Sean's ongoing rehabilitation costs."
Pallotta said: "What happened to Sean Cox should never happen to anyone attending a football match. 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."
Martina added: "Our life has been turned upside down by what has happened to Sean. There is no sign of Sean being able to return home any time soon and even with extensive specialist rehabilitation efforts, which will take years, he will require care for the rest of his life.
"We are 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."
A very touching move from Roma!
For anyone who wishes to make a public donation, then
head on over to the GoFundMe
page set up for Sean.
Featured Image Credit: Roma/PA
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