Footballer retires during game after alleged mental health abuse by opponent

A Scottish footballer has announced that he is retiring from the game after he was allegedly taunted about his mental health by an opposition player during a match.

Albion Rovers striker David Cox made the shock claim during the 1-0 win over Stenhousemuir on Thursday night.

Cox, who was a substitute on the night, left the ground at half-time of the Scottish League Two clash after a verbal altercation with a rival player.

The 32-year-old opened up to Sky Sports News in 2019 of his struggles with mental health and how he had considered suicide after previous abuse while playing for Cowdenbeath.

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And having almost retired in January before joining Albion Rovers in March, Cox said he was now “done with football”.

"Again having to deal with some mental health shouts at football again,” Cox said in a Facebook video. “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."

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  • Stenhousemuir said the allegations to warranted a detailed investigation and have referred the incident to the Scottish FA.

    A club statement read: ”We have spoken to the players involved, David Cox (Albion Rovers) who was on the bench, and Jonathan Tiffoney (Stenhousemuir) who was playing.

    "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."

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