Two Italian men have been remanded in custody after appearing in court in Liverpool charged in connection with an attack which left an Irishman in a critical condition.

Filippo Lombardi, 20, and Daniele Sciusco, 29, both appeared at South Sefton Magistrates' Court, charged with violent disorder after Liverpool's Champion's League semi-final against Roma at Anfield on Tuesday.

Mr Lombardi was also charged with wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm on 53-year-old Sean Cox, from Co Meath.

He sustained serious head injuries in the attack.

Both men are from Rome and were in Liverpool for the match.

No pleas were indicated and the case was sent to Liverpool Crown Court, where both men will appear on 24 May.

District Judge Jack McGarva said he would not grant bail for the two men, who spoke through an Italian interpreter.

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The family of Mr Cox has described him as "a truly decent man" who adores Liverpool Football Club and travelled to Liverpool "to watch his beloved team".

The family said they 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."

"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.

"We hope Sean makes a full recovery from the injuries he sustained and that we will all be back together soon as a family in Ireland spending precious time together."