A Scottish footballer who has been vocal on psychological well being points and a failed suicide try has revealed why he walked off throughout a sport following taunts allegedly associated to the topic by a member of the opposition.
David Cox, who began as an alternative choice to Albion Rovers, took to social media following the incident which noticed him give up soccer.
In a private and heartfelt deal with on Facebook, he accused Stenhousemuir captain Jonathan Tiffoney of badmouthing him at half-time in Thursday’s conflict at Ochilview.
“The second half is just starting: Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir. I have left the stadium,” Cox confirmed.
“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,” Cox defined, in reference to his suicide try.
“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,” he vowed.
“Some folk might not think it’s a big deal, I’m f*cking fed up listening to it.
“Don’t receives a commission sufficient for it they usually’d put me on the park I’d in all probability have damaged the boy’s legs intentionally,” he admitted.
“I attempted to talk to the referees about it, [but] they did not wish to know as a result of they did not hear it,” Cox revealed.
Solidarity with Albion Rovers’ David Cox, hope he’s getting the support he needs in the aftermath of this evening. It’s a disgrace someone thinks it’s anything approaching acceptable to say that to a person, & hugely disheartening to hear it isn’t the first incident of this kind.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) April 29, 2021
“Same sh*t we’re speaking about on a regular basis, we speak about racism and the non-public points that get introduced up in soccer, but when it is not heard by officers or no matter there’s nothing they’ll do about it,” Cox said of the perceived futility of offenders being brought to justice.
“So I’m going to do one thing about it and for me it is leaving the sport. I’m performed 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 referred to as out on it he knew what he mentioned and tried to disclaim it,” Cox claimed of Tiffoney.
“Nothing will get performed about it, nothing goes to get performed about it. Football is stuffed with sh*t with the issues that they are saying and it is going to proceed to occur.
“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,” Cox signed off.
We stand with David Cox. The unforgivable incident that occurred throughout tonight’s match should not be downplayed. David, you’ve got all at Albion Rovers and Scottish soccer’s unconditional help. #MentalHealthMatters
— Albion Rovers FC (@albionrovers) April 29, 2021
In a press release, Cox’s membership Albion stood by the cost with a spokesman saying: “The health, safety and well-being of everyone associated with Albion Rovers is of paramount importance to us.
“Football is a spot for all and we consider it needs to be loved with out worry, favor 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,” it added, whereas additionally altering its social media profiles to indicate solidarity with their now former star.
Forced to answer the furor, Albion’s rivals within the 1-Zero away win mentioned that they had been conscious of “a verbal altercation that took place between players”.
“We have spoken to the players involved, David Cox of Albion Rovers and Jonathan Tiffoney of Stenhousemuir,” the membership confirmed.
“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 settle for that issues can get mentioned throughout a sport, we consider the allegations are sufficiently severe sufficient to advantage a extra 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,” Stenhousemuir concluded.