AN IRELAND Legends team is set to face their Liverpool counterparts to help raise funds for Irish football fan Sean Cox.
The game, in aid of the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust, will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, April 12.
Mr Cox, from Dunboyne, Co. Meath, suffered life-changing injuries when he was attacked near Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium in April 2018.
"Sean has been supporting Liverpool all of his life and to have this match in Dublin in his name will be a special day,” said his wife Martina.
“It’s going to be a very long and slow process for Sean’s recovery and I’d like to thank the overwhelming support that Liverpool fans have shown.
“I’d also like to thank the club, players and those former players who will be playing in the match for their continued support.
“We are also working with LFC on a number of other initiatives that will help to support Sean’s care in the years ahead.”
Football Association of Ireland CEO John Delaney revealed the Ireland Legends side would feature current national team manager Mick McCarthy.
"The FAI have been in contact with Sean’s family about offering support and this game against Liverpool, who have a strong support base in Ireland, is ideal to help raise funds for the Rehabilitation Trust,” he said.
"We have a strong relationship with Liverpool, having hosted Jurgen Klopp’s team at Aviva Stadium for the last two years in sold-out games against Athletic Club and Napoli.
“For this game, we will have an Ireland XI led by current Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and it should be a great night for a fantastic cause."
The Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust is also planning a gala dinner in aid of the SupportSean campaign in Dublin on the evening prior to the match.
Full details of the legends game including the squads, ticket sales and the gala dinner will be announced in due course.
To donate to the Sean Cox campaign, visit www.gofundme.com/SupportSeanCox