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30th Apr 2021

Albion Rovers’ David Cox retires at half-time after opponent’s mental health taunt

Simon Lloyd

“Some folk might not think it’s a big deal, but I’m fed up listening to it. I don’t get paid enough for it”

Albion Rovers striker David Cox retired from football at half-time of his side’s game with Stenhousemuir after he was allegedly taunted over his mental health by an opponent.

Cox had been a substitute for Thursday night’s Scottish League Two fixture, but departed the stadium prior to the start of the second half.

An independent SFA investigation is underway after both clubs made contact with the Scottish FA in the aftermath of the game.

Stenhousemuir say Cox was involved in a verbal altercation before he left the stadium, but the club have launched their own internal investigation and plan to speak to witnesses from both clubs.

Jonathan Tiffoney, the player who is alleged to have taunted Cox, will not attend Stenhousemuir training until further notice and will play no part in his side’s upcoming fixture with Brechin.

“Second half just starting Albion Rovers-Stenhousemuir and I have left the stadium,” Cox explained in a video posted to social media. “I wasn’t playing tonight, I was on the bench.


“One of the boys in the Stenny team, we were having a bit of to and fro and they had a go at my mental health. Told me I should have done it right the first time.

“Some folk might not think it’s a big deal, but I’m fed up listening to it. I don’t get paid enough for it.

“If they had put me on the park, I’d probably have broken the boy’s legs deliberately. I tried to speak to the referees about it, but they didn’t want to know because they didn’t hear it.

“So I’m going to do something about it and for me it’s leaving the game. I’m done with it. I either keep playing and I’m going to batter somebody on the park, which is not good and will result in me being the bad one.”