Cole­man makes Cox do­na­tion

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

Ever­ton de­fender Sea­mus Cole­man ad­mits foot­ball ri­val­ries had to be put to one side when it came to sup­port­ing Sean Cox.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land full-back made a €5,000 euro (£4,300) do­na­tion to a fundrais­ing ef­fort for his fel­low Ir­ish­man, 53. Cole­man was alerted to the ini­tia­tive by cov­er­age of a sim­i­lar do­na­tion by Reds boss Jur­gen Klopp.

“We have to be to­gether. I think foot­ball is great for stick­ing to­gether,” Cole­man said. “Ri­val­ries go out the win­dow with stuff like that; you don’t see a crest or a jer­sey, you see a man who came to sup­port his team and un­for­tu­nately it didn’t end too well for him that night.

“Thank­fully, there is a fundrais­ing page and I don’t know the ins and outs of how he is but hope­fully they can raise some money for him. I saw on so­cial me­dia the Liv­er­pool man­ager had do­nated and saw there was a link to a Gofundme page. I wanted to put my name to it be­cause some­times that raises more pub­lic­ity. That’s what the Liv­er­pool man­ager did.

“You think ‘Do you put your name to­wards it or not?’ be­cause you might get peo­ple say­ing ‘He might have put more money in’ or what­ever.

“I’ve had peo­ple in the street, Liv­er­pool fans, stop me and say ‘Thanks very much’.”

The main fundrais­ing page for Cox, www.gofundme.com/sup­port­sean­cox, has so far raised over £190,000.

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