Albion Rovers forward David Cox has decided to retire after he was allegedly taunted by a Stenhousemuir player for his sanity during Thursday night’s game.
The 32-year-old, who was a substitute, left the stadium at half-time in the Rovers’ 1-0 Scottish League Two victory.
Stenhousemuir said Cox was involved in a verbal altercation with their defender Jonathan Tiffoney before leaving the stadium and that they would refer the incident to the Scottish FA for investigation.
Cox said Sky Sports News in December 2019, that he had considered committing suicide after being abused for his mental health issues while playing for Cowdenbeath.
He nearly retired from the sport in January before joining Rovers in March.
Cox said on Facebook: “I have to deal with cries of sanity again in football. The second half has just started and I left the stadium. I was on the bench. We had a going. -and come with the bench. They tested my sanity and said “I should have done it right the first time.”
“I promised myself that the next time it happens, I’ll get out of the park. I wasn’t playing, I’m completely done with football. Some people might not think it’s a big deal but I am. I’m fed up. I don’t. not paid enough.
“I tried to talk to the refs about it but they didn’t want to know because they hadn’t heard it. We are talking about racism, personal issues and because the officials cannot hear them, there is nothing they can do about it. So I’ll do something about it.
“I’m quitting the game. I’m done.”
Albion Rovers said in a statement, “The health, safety and well-being of everyone associated with Albion Rovers is of 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 tonight’s game and have been in contact with David Cox to offer our full support and support.”
Stenhousemuir said: “The club are aware of a verbal altercation that took place between players from Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers during tonight’s game.
“We spoke to the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who was on the bench, and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who was playing.
“Both players claim that serious and totally inappropriate comments were made during the game which have implications for player well-being and mental health.
“While we accept that things can be said during a game, we believe the allegations are serious enough to merit further investigation.
“We will refer to the Scottish FA tomorrow and work with them and our colleagues at Albion Rovers to investigate the incident.”
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