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Liverpool fan in critical condition after Roma attack

APTOPIX Britain Soccer Champions League

Soccer fans stand on top of a police van amid smoke from flares outside the stadium before the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between Liverpool and AS Roma at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

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Ugly scenes surrounded Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League visit from AS Roma, as visiting supporters used the occasion as an excuse for violence.

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Several reports say Roma support -- some armed with belts, others with hammers -- stormed Liverpool supporters outside a pub near Anfield, with a 53-year-old man named Sean Cox now hospitalized in critical condition after 80 people charged the Albert Pub using a side route.

The Liverpool Echo says Merseyside Police are investigating the incident, and Sunday Times football correspondent Jonathan Northcroft provides some details on the harrowing events.

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