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Coleman explains his donation to Sean Cox fund

Seamus Coleman (Peter Byrne/PA)
Seamus Coleman (Peter Byrne/PA)

Everton's Seamus Coleman has explained why he made a donation to injured Liverpool fan Sean Cox's GoFundMe page, saying that football rivalries should be put to one side in order to support his fellow Irishman.

The Republic of Ireland full-back made a £4,300 donation to the fundraising effort for Cox, who is still recovering in hospital after being attacked by Roma supporters before the Champions League semi-final at Anfield in April.

The initiative gained Coleman's attention through coverage of a similar donation by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, and he was keen to show solidarity across Merseyside battle lines.

"We have to be together. I think football is great for sticking together," Coleman told Press Association Sport.

"Rivalries go out the window with stuff like that; you don't see a crest or a jersey, you see a man who came to support his team and unfortunately it didn't end too well for him that night.

"Thankfully there is a fundraising page and I don't know the ins and outs of how he is but hopefully they can raise some money for him.

"I saw on social media the Liverpool manager had donated some money and saw there was a link to a GoFundMe page."

Coleman also explained that he left his name on the donation in order to spread more publicity for the project, which is now raised over £190,000.

"I wanted to put my name to it because sometimes that raises more publicity. That's what the Liverpool manager did.

"You think 'Do you put your name towards it or not?' because you might get people saying 'He might have put more money in' or whatever.

"It's not about Liverpool and Everton, this is about a man who unfortunately was part of something he did not intend to be.

"I've had people in the street, Liverpool fans, stop me and say 'Thanks very much'."

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