Albion Rovers’s David Cox retires from football after claiming sickening taunts about mental health

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Scottish footballer who previously revealed attempts to end his own life QUIT football at half time after claiming he was told by a fellow player ‘you should have done it right the first time’

  • David Cox posted an emotional video to Facebook claiming he ran away
  • The Albion Rovers star claimed the sickening taunt was Jonathan Tiffoney
  • He claimed he was told during the match ‘he should have got it right the first time’
  • It was a sickening taunt that hinted at Cox’s recent struggles with his mental health
  • Stenhousemuir said they had investigated what was said

Albion Rovers forward David Cox has announced that he has retired from football after allegedly being taunted by an opponent about his mental health.

The attacker posted an emotional video to Facebook claiming he left Ochilview Park after being targeted by Stenhousemuir’s Jonathan Tiffoney during the League Two match.

Cox sat on the substitutes’ bench for his side’s 1-0 win, but headed straight for his car, still in his Rovers kit, where he filmed the video entitled, “ Take Another Look at My Spirit health in football. Time to throw it away. ‘

Albion Rovers forward David Cox has announced he has retired from football after allegedly taunted about his mental health

He claimed to have left Ochilview Park after being targeted by Stenhousemuir's Jonathan Tiffoney (above) in a Scottish League Two match.

He claimed to have left Ochilview Park after being targeted by Stenhousemuir’s Jonathan Tiffoney (above) in a Scottish League Two match.

In the video, he shockingly claims – after verbal exchanges between the two banks – that he was told he ‘should have got it right the first time’.

He said, “I made a promise to myself that I would leave the park the next time it happened. I didn’t play, of course, but I’m completely done with football.

“Some people may not mind, but I’m tired of listening to it.”

Stenhousemuir confirmed that they had launched an investigation into what was said by both players.

In a statement, the Warriors said: ‘The club is aware of a verbal altercation that took place between players from both Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers during tonight’s game.

In the video, he shockingly claims he was told he 'should have got it right the first time'

In the video, he shockingly claims he was told he ‘should have got it right the first time’

‘We spoke with the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who sat on the bench, and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who played.

Both players claim that serious and completely inappropriate comments were made during the game that affect the well-being and mental health of the player.

While we accept that things can be said in a match, we believe the allegations are serious enough to merit a more detailed investigation.

Stenhousemuir confirmed that they had launched an investigation into what was said by both players

Stenhousemuir confirmed that they had launched an investigation into what was said by both players

“We will refer this to the Scottish FA tomorrow and will work with them and our colleagues from Albion Rovers to investigate the incident.”

Cox’s club backed him in a statement, which read: ‘The health, safety and wellbeing of everyone who deals with Albion Rovers is of the utmost importance to us.

‘Football is a place for everyone and we believe that you should enjoy it without fear, favor or prejudice.

“We are aware of an alleged incident that occurred during tonight’s game and have contacted David Cox to offer our unconditional support and support.”

Albion Rovers backed Cox in a statement, saying he had their

Albion Rovers backed Cox in a statement, saying he had their “unconditional” support

In 2014, Cox spoke about his depression and anxiety – and revealed that he had made efforts to end his life – in an effort to raise awareness and encourage fellow professionals to seek help if they have similar were going through difficulties.

In December 2019, while playing for Cowdenbeath, he was about to leave the game for good after being abused by opponents and fans on the field for his psychological problems.

But Cox was determined to end his career on his own terms and returned to football – until Thursday night’s alleged incident in Ochilview.

Tiffoney released a statement on Friday denying the allegations.

It said, “Media reports have indicated that I abused David Cox by referring to and attacking his mental health during last night’s football game between Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers. This is simply not true.

During the first half of the game, I was subjected to abuse and disparaging comments from the Albion Rovers who had been excavated. I did not respond to this.

David Cox who was a substitute and didn’t play got a yellow card from the referee for entering the field and assaulting me. I have not abused him. His abuse of me took place in front of the linesman. Had I made the comment that I was said to have made, it is inconceivable that it would not have been heard by the linesman.

After years of being personally subjected to belittling and hurtful comments as a player, I endorse such practices.

“I would never attack the mental health or wellbeing of any other player and will cooperate fully with the Scottish FA investigation into this matter.”

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