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David Cox retires from Football amidst mental health bullying

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Footballer David Cox has said he has chosen to retire from the game after being bullied by another player over his mental health.

The Albion Rovers striker was verbally attacked before he left Thursday’s night game by a Stenhousemuir player Jonathan Tiffoney.

Both clubs have launched investigations to what happened after Rovers won the game 1-0 in Scottish League Two.

Tiffoney will not play in the club’s next game when they play away to Brechin on Tuesday.

In December 2019 Cox told Sky Sports News he suffered suicide thoughts when he was bullied for his mental health whilst playing for Cowdenbeath.

The following month he was close to retiring before signing to Rovers in March.

On his Facebook page Cox said: "Again having to deal with some mental health shouts at football again. The second half is just starting and I have left the stadium. I was on the bench. We were having a to and fro with the bench. They had a go at my mental health and told me I 'should have done it right the first time'.

"I promised myself the next time it happens I will walk off the park. I wasn't playing, I am done with football completely. Some folk might not think it is a big deal but I am fed up for it. I don't get paid enough.

"I tried to speak to the referees about it but they didn't want to know because they didn't hear it. We talk about racism, personal issues and because it is not heard by officials there is nothing they can do about it. So I am going to do something about it.

"I am leaving the game. I am done with it."

In a statement Albion Rovers said: "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 is 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."

Stenhousemuir said: "The club is aware of a verbal altercation that took place between players from both Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers during tonight's match.

"We have spoken to the players involved. 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 that things can get said during a game, we believe the allegations are sufficiently serious enough to merit a more detailed investigation.

"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."

For mental health support visit the Mind website.