Italian Men Charged Over Assault On Liverpool Fan

Liverpool fans cheer on their team as they lead 3-0 during the UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final football match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England on April 24, 2018. Oli SCARFF / AFP


Two Italian men were charged on Thursday in connection with an assault which left a 53-year-old Liverpool fan in a critical condition before Tuesday’s Champions League clash with AS Roma.

Filippo Lombardi, 20, has been charged with violent disorder and wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm, Merseyside Police said in a statement.

Daniele Sciusco, 29, was also charged with violent disorder.

The two men were to appear in court on Thursday.

Sean Cox, 53, who had travelled over from Ireland for the match, suffered a serious head injury after being attacked outside Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium.

Cox, described as a “cornerstone of his local community” by Irish media, is being treated for his injuries at a neurological centre, where his condition remains critical, Merseyside Police said.

Family members of the father of three, who have flown over from Ireland to maintain a bedside vigil at the hospital, released a statement.

“We want the world to know that Sean is the most amazing and wonderful husband, dad, friend, son, uncle, and brother and he has brought us all nothing but joy.

“He is a truly decent man who adores Liverpool FC and just came over from his home in County Meath, Ireland, to watch his beloved team.

“We are completely devastated by what has happened to our lovely, caring, Sean and all we want is for him to come home to his loving wife and three children.”

Over 30,000 euros (£26,000, $36,500) has been raised through a GoFundMe page to cover his medical expenses and costs incurred by his family to help them to stay by his side.

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.


Orelope-Adefulire Seeks End To Assault Against Girl Child

Orelope-AdejokeThe Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, on Monday, made a clarion call for collective commitment towards putting a stop to all forms of sexual harassment, assault and abuse particularly rape cases against the girl- child.

She added that everyone must be ready to break the culture of keeping silent on rape cases and violence. She recalled the 700 black high school children who were massacred in Soweto South Africa that led to the celebration of the International Day of the African Child.

She explained that the objective of the media briefing was to call for more action to raise the tempo of awareness and sensitize the society on the measures to safeguard the rights of the child as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989.

Mrs Orelope-Adefulire said that various forms of abuse such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, forced marriages, kidnapping, rape, abduction, child trafficking, neglect and denial of education have become rampant and to address this situation, she called for the introduction of stringent sentences.

The Deputy Governor also reiterated the call for the rescue of the schoolgirls who were abducted from Chibok in Borno State in April and appealed to the nation’s leaders to do everything possible in ensuring that the innocent girls were brought back alive as soon as possible.

According to the Deputy Governor, parents and guardians, especially the mothers should be more vigilant, available and committed to the welfare of their children by balancing their careers with their duties as mothers.

She reiterated her call for the conduct of psychiatric tests on perpetrators of rape and sexual harassment, which she said has been on the increase, adding that some of the cases are simply inexplicable and calls for concerns.