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Roma fan not guilty of 2nd charge; 3-year sentence for Liverpool attack

A.S. Roma v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg

ROME, ITALY - MAY 02: Liverpool players hold up a banner bearing Liverpool supporter, Sean Cox’s name as they qualify for the Champions League fina following the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between A.S. Roma and Liverpool at Stadio Olimpico on May 2, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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The man accused of attacking Liverpool fan Sean Cox prior to the Reds’ UEFA Champions League match with AS Roma at Anfield has been found not guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Filippo Lombardi, 21, will go to jail for three years on a separate plea of violent disorder.

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Lombardi insists he’s not the man who attacked Cox, and that he didn’t notice Cox until he was lying on the ground.

Here’s what the judge told Lombardi at the trial, via the BBC:

“There is no doubt in my mind that your purpose was to cause a violent clash with the Liverpool fans... demonstrated vividly in film footage. The footage shows that you had an active role and your assertion in evidence and in your basis of plea that you were just looking for signs for away supporter sections and were suddenly confronted by Liverpool fans is, in my judgement, nonsense.”

The reports says Cox cannot speak above a whisper and cannot sit up unaided.

Cox and his battle have been supported on all sides, including AS Roma, after the senseless attack.

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