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Roma fan admits violent disorder at Liverpool Champions League semifinal

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol looks ahead to Liverpool's hectic fixture list in the next month but believes their squad will be able to cope.

A Roma supporter accused of injuring a Liverpool fan before the teams met in the Champions League semifinal at Anfield in April has admitted violent disorder.

Filippo Lombardi had denied the charge but changed his plea at a pre-trial review hearing at Preston Crown Court and has been remanded in custody.

Lombardi, 21, who will be tried next month, admitted of being part of a group that used or threatened unlawful violence but denied wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm on Sean Cox.

The 53-year-old Liverpool fan, from Ireland, suffered serious head injuries when he was attacked outside Anfield before the match. He has emerged from a coma but remains in a serious condition.

Last month, Daniele Sciusco, a 29-year-old from Rome, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for his part in the violence after he admitted violent disorder.

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