“What The Children Have Had To Go By way of Is Simply An Absolute Nightmare”
On Friday, hundreds will flock to the Aviva Stadium in assist of Seán Cox one 12 months on from the brutal assault exterior Anfield that left him battling for his life.
A Liverpool Legends XI is about to tackle an Irish Legends XI with all of the proceeds going to the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Belief.
Jason McAteer will characterize each side on Friday and talking ultimately month’s launch, he claimed he would have been disenchanted to not be concerned having met Mr Cox’s spouse, Martina final 12 months earlier than a Liverpool pre-season pleasant on the Aviva.
“Nicely, I hoped I used to be going to be concerned having performed for each, I’d have been disenchanted if I wasn’t requested. Clearly, we all know the story first hand, the day it occurred with Seán being Irish, I’ve had an in depth following.
“I came to visit as a membership ambassador for the Napoli recreation, the place we met up with Martina and the household and received a behind-the-scenes tackle what had occurred and the affect it had on the household and the way tough it was for them.
“It’s a comparatively younger household and what the children have needed to undergo is simply an absolute nightmare. So, we’ve been following, me personally however clearly the soccer membership as nicely, the likes of Robbie (Fowler) and Macca (Steve McManamon) are all the time asking me have I heard something and ‘what’s happening?’ after which when the chance to place the sport on got here alongside, it was going to be nothing else however a sure from me.”
The sport on Friday will see some stars of outdated descend upon Landsdowne Street with Liverpool legends comparable to Jerzy Dudek, Vladimir Smicer and Djibril Cisse taking over an Irish facet containing the likes of Kevin Kilbane, Kenny Cunningham and Kevin Doyle.
McAteer will characterize each side on the day alongside Robbie Keane, Phil Babb and John Aldridge and the 52-time capped worldwide praised the power of Martina Cox in elevating a lot cash to assist her husband, highlighting that no household ought to should endure what they’ve over the previous 12 months.
“Yeah, one thing she ought to by no means have needed to be concerned in, no-one ought to go to a soccer match and sadly find yourself on this scenario and like Martina says, it’s what it’s and also you’ve received to cope with it. You may sit round and anticipate different folks to do issues, otherwise you could be proactive and do it your self.
“That’s what the soccer membership has performed. Behind the scenes, the workforce which have helped put it on, the membership and the FAI have all performed an exceptional job, as a result of I do know first-hand simply how tough it’s placing a charity occasion on. They usually’ve performed an exceptional job.”
“As ex-players, our job is comparatively straightforward — we simply flip up and play… however it’s all about elevating as a lot cash as we are able to for Seán’s rehabilitation and which means creating as a lot consciousness as we are able to for the sport. Hopefully we are able to fill the stadium and lift as a lot cash as we are able to.”
Earlier this week it was reported that Seán Cox will go away the rehabilitation centre in Dun Laoghaire the place he has been receiving remedy for the primary time on Friday with a purpose to attend the sport.