‘Footie yobs booted me as I helped my beaten brother‘

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY ELEANOR BAR­LOW

THE brother of the Liver­pool fan who was se­ri­ously in­jured be­fore a Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal has told a court he was kicked as he tended to him.

Martin and Sean Cox were set on by a group near An­field. Martin, 46, told Pre­ston crown court yes­ter­day: “We heard noises. Peo­ple in dark clothes, chant­ing.

“I turned to Sean as if to say, ‘Let’s get out of here’, but Sean AC­CUSED Filippo Lom­bardi was ly­ing on the ground. I bent down to Sean and I could feel a kick on the back.” Sean, 53, a dad of three who had trav­elled from Co Meath, Ire­land, has been in hospi­tal since the at­tack on April 24, when Liver­pool beat Roma 5-2. He still can­not speak or sit up prop­erly. Filippo Lom­bardi, 21, from Rome, Italy, de­nies in­flict­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm in a joint at­tack, but ad­mits an­other charge of vi­o­lent dis­or­der. The trial con­tin­ues next week.

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