An Italian football fan has admitted violent disorder after he was accused of seriously injuring an Irish Liverpool supporter before a Champions League semi-final match in April
21-yr-old Filippo Lombardi has denied wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm on 53-yr-old Meath man Sean Cox.
Sean suffered horrendous head damage after he took a ferocious beating outside Anfield in April.
The Italian had initially denied a charge of violent disorder, but at a pre-trial review hearing at Preston Crown Court in England yesterday afternoon, he changed his plea.
Lombardi’s interpreter said that he admitted the charge of being part of a group who used or threatened unlawful violence before the match against Roma on the 24th of April 2018.
Lombardi has been remanded in custody ahead of his trial for the assault on Mr Cox on 10 October this year.
Last month, 29-yr-old Roma fan Daniele Sciusco, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after he admitted violent disorder before the match.
It’s sadly understood that Sean Cox remains in a severely dire situation at his home in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.