Stenhousemuir to investigate "serious and wholly inappropriate comments" between David Cox and Jonathan Tiffoney

Stenhousemuir will investigate a verbal altercation from tonight’s match with Albion Rovers which saw visiting player David Cox leave the stadium at half time and retire from football.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 8:35 am
Albion Rovers striker David Cox left Ochilview at half time and has since announced his retirement from the game (Pic: Dave Johnston)

The 32-year old has made allegations via social media that a Stenhousemuir player had allegedly told him he “should have done it right the first time”, apparently referring to Cox’s attempted suicide.

Posting live on Facebook, he said: “I left the stadium, I wasn't playing, I was on the bench.

"One of the boys on the Stenny team had a go at my mental health, told me I should have done it right the first time.

Stenhousemuir captain for the night Jonathan Tiffoney (Pic: Dave Johnston)

"I promised myself that 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***ing fed up listening to it.

"I don't get paid enough for it, if they'd have put me on the park I'd probably have broke the guys legs, deliberately.

"I tried to speak to the referees about it but they didn't want to know because they didn't hear it."

Stenhousemuir released a statement shortly after the match which said: “ The club is aware of a verbal altercation that took place between players from both Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers during tonight’s match.

"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.

“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 be referring this to the Scottish FA tomorrow and will work with them and our colleagues at Albion Rovers to investigate the incident.”

Albion Rovers also released a statement which said: "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.”