A charity football match featuring Liverpool and Ireland legends raised a total of €748,000 for Seán Cox, who sustained serious injuries in an assault outside Anfield last year.

Nearly 27,000 fans turned out for the game at the Aviva Stadium in April where the Reds came from behind to beat a Republic of Ireland XI team 2-1.

The money was raised for the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust, which raises vital funds for Mr Cox's ongoing care. He will need care for the rest of his life, the cost of which will run into the millions.

Seán’s wife Martina Cox and Stephen Felle, chairman of the Trust, were presented with the cheque by the CEO of Liverpool FC, Peter Moore, as well as Matt Parish, director of the LFC Foundation and Joe Blott, chair of the Spirit of Shankly.

Martina Cox was at Anfield for the presentation, and said the trip was bittersweet.

"Today is my first ever visit to Anfield and, while it is tinged with some sadness given Seán cannot be with me, we are humbled by the warmth and generosity that has been shown by Liverpool Football Club, its supporters and the people of this city in taking Seán into their hearts," she said.

"While the doctors are pleased with his progress, it is slow and Seán himself is frustrated at not being able to properly speak or express himself or do the things he took for granted before the attack.

"Seán begins the next stage in his rehabilitation later this summer when he will travel from Dublin to a specialist neurological centre in Yorkshire. As a family we hope and pray that we get more of the old Seán back in the years ahead," she said.


The Aviva turns green and red for Sean Cox charity game


Liverpool CEO Mr Moore said that "what happened to Seán was such a terrible tragedy".

"No football fan should go to a game and suffer what he and his family have endured. We have all been touched by what happened and whilst football is still a tribal game, we must come together to try and help in any way we can regardless of club colours," he said.

"The support we have seen from football fans all over the world has shown that this game is special when everyone is united. It was incredible to see so many supporters come together and help support Seán.

"I would like to thank our fans for their unwavering loyalty in supporting this game, and also the FAI and its partners for their generous support in helping us deliver such a magnificent event," he added.

The club also encouraged fans to continue to donate to the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust via its GoFundMe page.