Scottish footballer who previously revealed attempts to end his own life QUITS football at half-time, after claiming he was told ‘you should have done it right the first time’ by a fellow player
- David Cox posted an emotional video on Facebook, claiming he had walked out
- The Albion Rovers star claimed the sickening taunt was from Jonathan Tiffoney
- He claimed he was told during game ‘he should have done it right the first time’
- It was a sickening taunt referring to Cox’s recent struggles with his mental health
- Stenhousemuir said they had launched an investigation into what was said
Albion Rovers striker David Cox has announced he has quit football after allegedly being taunted over his mental health by an opponent.
The forward posted an emotional video on Facebook, claiming he had walked out of Ochilview Park after being targeted by Stenhousemuir’s Jonathan Tiffoney during the League Two game.
Cox was 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 captioned: ‘Another go at my mental health at football. Time to chuck it.’
Albion Rovers striker David Cox has announced he has quit football after allegedly being taunted over his mental health
He claimed he had walked out of Ochilview Park after being targeted by Stenhousemuir’s Jonathan Tiffoney (above) in a Scottish League Two game
In the video, he shockingly claims – after verbal exchanges between the two benches – that he was told he should have ‘done it right the first time’.
He said: ‘I promised myself the next time it happened I would walk off the park. Obviously I wasn’t playing but I am done with football completely.
‘Some folk might not think it’s a big deal but I’m f***ing fed up listening to it.’
Stenhousemuir confirmed 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 match.
In the video, he shockingly claims he was told he should have ‘done it right the first time’
‘We have spoken to the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who was on the bench, and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who was playing.
‘Both players are making claims of serious and wholly inappropriate comments being made during the game that have implications for player wellbeing and mental health.
‘Whilst we accept things can get said during a game, we believe the allegations are sufficiently serious enough to merit a more detailed investigation.
Stenhousemuir confirmed they had launched an investigation into what was said by both players
‘We will be referring this to the Scottish FA tomorrow and will work with them and our colleagues at Albion Rovers to investigate the incident.’
Cox’s club backed him in a statement, which read: ‘The health, safety and well-being of everyone associated with Albion Rovers is of paramount importance to us.
‘Football is a place for all and we believe it should be enjoyed without fear, favour or prejudice.
‘We are aware of an alleged incident that occurred during this evening’s match and have been in touch with David Cox to offer our unconditional backing and support.’
Albion Rovers backed Cox in a statement, saying he had their ‘unconditional’ backing
In 2014, Cox spoke about his depression and anxiety — and revealed he had made attempts to end his own life — in a bid to raise awareness and encourage fellow professionals to get help if they were enduring similar difficulties.
In December 2019, while playing for Cowdenbeath, he was on the brink of turning his back on the game for good after being abused on the pitch by opposing players and fans over his mental health issues.
But Cox was determined to end his career on his own terms and returned to football — until Thursday night’s alleged incident at Ochilview.
Tiffoney released a statement on Friday denying the allegations.
It read: ‘Media reports have indicated that I abused David Cox by referencing and attacking his mental health during last night’s football match between Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers. This is simply untrue.
‘Throughout the first half of the game, I was subjected to abuse and disparaging comments from the Albion Rovers dug out. I did not react to these.
‘David Cox who was a substitute and not playing, was booked by the referee for entering the pitch and abusing me. I did not abuse him. His abuse of me took place in front of the linesman. Had I made the comment, which it has been said that I made, then It is inconceivable that it would have not been heard by the linesman.
‘Having been personally subjected to disparaging and hurtful remarks as a player for many years, I condone any such practice.
‘I would never attack another player’s mental health or wellbeing and will fully cooperate with the Scottish FA investigation into this matter.’