Two men charged by police over Liverpool fan attack

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A Reds fan is in a critical condition after being attacked by two Roma supporters, who have now been charged by Merseyside Police

Two Italian men have been charged after attacking a 53-year-old Liverpool fan and leaving him in a critical condition before the Reds' Champions League match with Roma on Tuesday, Merseyside Police confirmed.

The incident occurred shortly before kick-off in a match which Liverpool won 5-2, as a group of Roma fans attacked a Liverpool supporter outside The Albert pub near Anfield.

Serious head injuries were sustained by the victim, who remains in a local hospital, where he is still in a critical condition.

Filippo Lombardi and Daniele Sciusco, who are 20 and 29 respectively, have both been charged with violent disorder, while the former is also facing a charge of "wounding/inflict grievous bodily harm".

Police confirmed the pair are to appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court, Merseyside on Thursday.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Liverpool, Roma and UEFA issued statements of condemnation, in which they expressed shock at the attack.

Meanwhile, Merseyside Police have also confirmed that a man has been charged for a separate incident during the match at Anfield in which coins were reportedly thrown.

The man, from Italy, has been charged with "throwing a missile onto a football playing area" under the Football (Offences) Act 1991.

He will also appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

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