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David Cox: Scottish FA launches probe over alleged mental health taunt

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he Scottish Football Association (SFA) is investigating a claim by Albion Rovers’ David Cox that he was subjected to a taunt about his mental health – an incident which led to him retiring from football mid-game.

Jonathan Tiffoney, the Stenhousemuir player at the centre of the controversy, has denied the allegations.

Substitute Cox, who has spoken openly about his mental health struggles including an attempt to take his own life, walked out of Ochilview during the Scottish League Two clash on Thursday night.

The 32-year-old declared himself finished with football, having previously vowed to walk off the field if taunts over his mental health continued.

Stenhousemuir referred the incident to the SFA and the governing body has confirmed a probe is under way. The investigation will be led by compliance officer Andy Phillips, who is set to speak to both players, match officials and clubs.

Cox outlined his feelings in a video posted on social media. Sitting in a vehicle with his Rovers tracksuit on, Cox said: “The second half is just starting, Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir. I have left the stadium.

“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… 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 if 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. It’s the same s*** we’re talking about all the time, we talk about racism and the personal issues that get brought up in football, because it’s not heard by officials or whatever there’s nothing they can do about it.

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