• February 23, 2024

David Cox: Albion Rovers striker quits football over ‘abuse’ claim during Stenhousemuir game

Albion Rovers’ David Cox says he quit football after claiming being berated by an opposing player about his mental health problems.

Cox, 32, left the stadium halfway through his team’s game with Stenhousemuir, saying he was ridiculed for his previous suicide attempts.

Stenhousemuir has brought the matter to the attention of the Scottish Association and has started its own investigation.

“The club is aware of a verbal argument,” said the League 2 club.

“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 totally 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.”

Former Annan Athletic and Cowdenbeath forward Cox has gone public several times to speak about his battle against depression and the abuse he has received in the game.

On a social media video, the part-time player said: “In the second half, Albion Rovers-Stenhousemuir have just started and I left the stadium. I didn’t play tonight, I was on the bench.

“One of the guys on the Stenny team, we had a bit of a back and forth and they tried my sanity. I was told I should have got it right the first time.

“Some people may not think it’s a big deal, but I’m tired of hearing this. I’m not getting paid enough for it.

“If they had brought me to the park, I would probably have broken the boy’s legs on purpose. I tried to talk to the referees about it but they wouldn’t know because they didn’t hear it.

“So I’ll do something about it and it’ll leave the game for me. I’m done with it. I’ll either keep playing and I’ll hit someone in the park, which is not good and will lead to it.” I am the bad guy. “

Albion Rovers said the “unforgivable incident … must not be downplayed” and the team would have agreed to leave the field if they had known what had happened.

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