The family of Liverpool supporter Sean Cox have issued a statement saying they are “overwhelmed and humbled” by the support they have received.
Cox, 53, from Dunboyne in Ireland, remains in a critical condition as a result of the serious head injuries he suffered when he was attacked prior to Liverpool’s Champions League match with Roma at Anfield on April 24.
“As a family we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support we have received since Sean was so badly hurt two weeks ago,” the statement said.
“From the wonderful medical staff at the Walton Centre who continue to care for Sean to the highly dedicated officers of Merseyside Police who have assisted us from the moment we arrived, it has been a great comfort to know that we are in such good hands.
“There are no words to describe the gratitude we feel to the ordinary people of Liverpool and Ireland who have taken Sean to their hearts in a way that underlines why those places have such a deserved reputation for generosity and solidarity.
“Every day letters and cards arrive from this country, from Ireland and beyond. Every one of them wishes us well and the accompanying offers of support have reminded us, even in our darkest moments, that we are not walking alone.”
It added: “Sean remains in a critical condition but he is a fighter and that, coupled with the medical and spiritual support he is receiving, gives us hope in our hearts and we long for the day when our husband, dad and brother returns home to Dunboyne so we can be together as a family once more.
“In the meantime, we would ask that our privacy continues to be respected and when we have news we will share it at the appropriate time. Until then, all we can do is hope and pray for Sean in the knowledge that he is receiving the best possible care.”
Two Italian men were charged following the incident and remanded in custody before an appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on May 24.
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.