Two men charged after Liverpool fan attacked, left in critical condition

Two Italian men will appear in court on Thursday charged in connection with an incident which left a 53-year-old Liverpool fan in a critical condition.

Filippo Lombardi, 20, has been charged with violent disorder and wounding/inflict grievous bodily harm, Merseyside Police have said.

Daniele Sciusco, 29, was also charged with violent disorder.

The two men will appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

Liverpool supporter Sean Cox was attacked outside Anfield stadium prior to the Champions League semifinal match against Roma on Tuesday night.

Police said Cox remains in a critical condition at Walton Neurological Centre.

Later on Thursday, Roma posted a picture of Cox on their official Twitter account with a message that read: "Now is not the time for us to talk about football.

"We are praying for Sean Cox and his family.

"His recovery, and the safety of all fans attending football matches, is the only thing that matters now.

In a separate incident, Merseyside police charged Edoardo Ranalli, 28, also from Italy, with throwing a missile onto a football playing area after he threw coins onto the pitch during the game.