As donations continue to pour in for Liverpool fan Sean Cox, who suffered serious head injuries after an assault outside Anfield last week, Donegal cousins of the injured man have been paying glowing tributes to “a lovely, quiet man” who would “do anything he could for you”.
Mr Cox, 53, is a first cousin of the McGuinness family, originally from the West Port in Ballyshannon and they, like everyone else, are waiting anxiously for news on Sean’s health.
Following the attack last week before the Liverpool/Roma game Mr Cox is in a critical but stable condition in Walton Neurological Centre on Merseyside. He was attacked by two men with a belt just moments before the Champions League semi final.
Aiden McGuinness explained the family link: “Sean’s late father (Martin) is a brother of my late mother, Mary Cox. The family are originally from Boyle in County Roscommon and owned the Crescent Bar in the town.
“We would have been in contact with Sean over the years and like so many families, the meetings would tend to have been based on weddings and funerals more often than not.
“What I can tell you is this, a nicer, quieter man you could not meet. He’s real soft-spoken and this is just an awful thing to happen to him and for his brother Martin who was with him. We, like so many others, are hoping and praying for his recovery from his injuries. We are being updated by a family member on his progress and we’re hoping he will make a full recovery.”
Meanwhile, Roma and Manchester United supporters have been among the thousands of people who have chipped in to the crowdfunding page gofundme.com set-up to help Sean’s family with his medical costs.
Within eight hours of being set-up the fund had raised more than €30,000
Soccer supporters and members of the public from around the world have now donated €73,000 of the €75,000 goal to the fundraising page set-up by Emmet Kavanagh.
The Meath native who flew over to watch the match was left with the horrific injuries after two Italian men, who have since been charged, attacked him outside the stadium.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said when he heard of the attack that he could not, “describe my emotions in English to be honest.
"That should never have happened, it should have never happened before, and it should never happen in the future.”