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Club rivalries ‘go out the window’ in support of injured Liverpool fan – Coleman

Club rivalries ‘go out the window’ in support of injured Liverpool fan – Coleman
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Sean Cox is still in hospital after being attacked by Roma supporters ahead of last season’s Champions League semi-final.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman admits football rivalries had to be put to one side when it came to supporting injured Liverpool fan 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, who is still recovering in hospital after being attacked by Roma supporters before the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in April.

Coleman was alerted to the initiative by coverage of a similar donation by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and he was keen to show solidarity across city battle lines.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp both made donations to the fund set up for injured Reds fan Sean Cox..
Everton defender Seamus Coleman and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp both made donations to the fund set up for injured Reds fan Sean Cox.

“We have to be together. I think football is great for sticking together,” Coleman told Press Association Sport.

“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 some money and saw there was a link to a GoFundMe page.

Coleman hopes his donation will hope generate more publicity for the Sean Cox fundraising effort.
Coleman hopes his donation will help generate more publicity for the Sean Cox fundraising effort (Dave Thompson/PA)

“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.

“It’s not about Liverpool and Everton, this is about a man who unfortunately was part of something he did not intend to be.

“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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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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