English Premiership

Roma fan admits to assault of Liverpool supporter

2019-02-28 14:29
Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (AP)

Rome - An Italian football fan pleaded guilty on Thursday to assaulting a Liverpool supporter before last year's Champions League tie between Roma and Liverpool, leaving the victim with catastrophic head injuries.

Simone Mastrelli, 30, from Rome, entered a guilty plea to unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on Sean Cox, during a hearing at Preston Crown Court in north west England, with the victim's wife looking on.

Irish national Cox suffered a severe, traumatic brain injury as a result of the attack outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium on April 24, and is still recovering after spending four-and-a-half weeks at a specialist neurological unit.

Mastrelli was arrested in Italy last month on a European Arrest Warrant before being extradited to Britain.

Another Roma fan, Filippo Lombardi, 21, was last year jailed for three years for violent disorder over the incident.

A third fan, Daniele Sciusco, 29, also admitted violent disorder and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Sporadic trouble broke out in Liverpool city centre before the match as more than 50,000 fans made their way to Anfield, including around 5,000 Roma fans.

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