Albion ace David Cox – who has attempted to take life before – QUITS football at half-time after suicide taunt by rival
SCOTTISH footballer David Cox has quit football after being taunted by another player over his attempted suicide.
Albion Rovers player Cox, who has been admirably open in the past about his previous attempt to take his own life, insists he's had enough with the sport.
He has taken to social media to allege that Stenhousemuir captain Jonathan Tiffoney aimed the slur at him at half-time during Thursday's game at Ochilview.
In Thursday night's fourth tier clash, Cox alleges the opposition player told him he should have succeeded in his suicide attempt.
Cox said on Facebook live: "The second half is just starting, Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir. I have left the staidum.
"I wasn't playing tonight I was on the bench, one of the boys on the Stenny team… we were having a wee bit of to-and-fro on the bench and they had a wee go at my mental health. Told me I should have done it right the first time.
"So I promised myself the next time it happened I'd walk off the park. Obviously I wasn't playing (but)… I am done with football. Completely.
"Some folk might not think it's a big deal, I'm f*****g fed up listening to it.
"Don't get paid enough for it and they'd put me on the park I'd probably have broken the boy's legs deliberately.
"I tried to speak to the referees about it, they didn't want to know because they didn't hear it. Same s*** we're talking about all the time, we talk about racism and the personal issues that get brought up in football, but if it's not heard by officials or whatever there's nothing they can do about it.
"So I'm going to do something about it and for me it's leaving the game. I'm done with it.
"It wasn't of the reasons I wasn't going back to football, I did in January but I'm done with it.
"Because I either keep playing and I'm going to batter somebody on the park, which will result in me being the bad one.
"Once he was called out on it he knew what he said and tried to deny it.
"Nothing gets done about it, nothing is going to get done about it. Football is full of s**** with the things that they say and it's going to continue to happen.
"So, aye, I'm done. Hanging the boots up for good. I've just walked away there, I'm off in the middle of the game. I'm not doing it."
Albion Rovers say they will stand strong with their player.
An Albion spokesperson 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 evenings match and have been in touch with David Cox to offer our unconditional backing and support."
Stenhousemuir also released a statement vowing to launch a full investigation.
They said: "The club is aware of a verbal altercation that took place between players from both Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers.
"We have spoken to the players involved, David Cox of Albion Rovers and Jonathan Tiffoney of Stenhousemuir.
"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 therefore be referring this to the Scottish FA and will work with them and our colleagues at Albion Rovers to investigate the incident."
YOU’RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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