Albion Rovers’ David Cox, who previously revealed attempts to end his own life, quit football at halftime after claiming a Scottish League teammate told him he should have done it right the first time
- David Cox posted an emotional video on Facebook claiming he went out
- The Albion Rovers star claimed the disgusting mockery came from Jonathan Tiffoney
- He claimed he was told during the game that he should have got it right the first time.
- It was a disgusting mockery related to Cox’s recent struggles with his sanity
- Stenhousemuir said they had opened an investigation into what had been said
Albion Rovers forward David Cox has announced he has quit football after allegedly being ridiculed over his sanity by an opponent.
The striker posted an emotional video on Facebook claiming he left Ochilview Park after being targeted by Jonathan Tiffoney of Stenhousemuir during the second division game.
Cox sat on the bench in his team’s 1-0 win, but walked straight to his car in his Rovers jersey and filmed the video titled “Another Try to My Sanity at Football”. Time to ditch it. ‘
Albion Rovers forward David Cox has announced that he has quit football after allegedly being ridiculed for his mental health
He claimed he left Ochilview Park after being targeted by Stenhousemuir’s Jonathan Tiffoney (above) in a Scottish League Two game
In the video, he shockingly claims – after a verbal exchange 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 the next time it happened I would leave the park. Of course I didn’t play, but I’m completely done with football.
“Some people might not think it’s a big deal, but I’m tired of hearing it.”
Stenhousemuir confirmed that they had opened an investigation into the statements of both players.
In a statement, the Warriors said: ‘The club is aware of a verbal altercation that took place between players from Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers during today’s game.
In the video, he shockingly claims he was told he should have got it right the first time.
‘We spoke to the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who was on the bench and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who played.
‘Both players claim that there were serious and completely inappropriate comments made during the game that have an impact on the well-being and mental health of the players.
“While we accept that things can be said during a game, we believe the allegations are serious enough to warrant further investigation.
Stenhousemuir confirmed that they had opened an investigation into the statements of both players
“We will be forwarding this to the Scottish Association tomorrow and working with them and our colleagues at Albion Rovers to investigate the incident.”
Cox’s Club endorsed him in a statement that read: “The health, safety and wellbeing of all those associated with Albion Rovers are of the utmost importance to us.
“Football is a place for everyone and we believe it should be enjoyed without fear, favor or prejudice.
“We are aware of an alleged incident that occurred during the game that evening and have contacted David Cox to offer our unconditional support and assistance.”
Albion Rovers backed Cox in a statement saying he had their “unconditional” support
In 2014, Cox spoke about his depression and anxiety – and announced that he had tried to end his own life – to raise awareness and encourage colleagues to get help when they were experiencing similar difficulties.
In December 2019, when he played for Cowdenbeath, he was on the verge of finally turning his back on the game after being abused on the pitch by opposing players and fans because of his mental health problems.
But Cox was determined to end his career on his own terms and returned to football – until the alleged incident in Ochilview on Thursday night.