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Jonathan Tiffoney refutes allegations of sickening mental health slur


Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua 'dead in the water' claims Bob Arum … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0100-Stenhousemuir defender Johnathan Tiffoney has refuted allegations he mocked Albion Rovers striker David Cox over mental health.

Jonathan Tiffoney hits back at allegations he abused David Cox

April 30, 2021

Jonathan Tiffoney has denied he abused David Cox over his mental health and claims he was the one abused by the Albion Rovers striker.

Stenhousemuir defender Tiffoney was accused of mocking Cox, a substitute in the match, who walked out at half-time before announcing his retirement as a result.

But Tiffoney refutes those allegations of dishing out the sickening slurs at the 32-year-old Rovers man who has bravely spoken in public about his battle against depression.

The 29-year-old former Ayr United, Alloa Athletic and Brechin City man is also willing to cooperate fully with any SFA investigation.

In a statement released through his lawyer, Tiffoney said: “Media reports have indicated that I abused David Cox by referencing and attacking his mental health during last night‘s football match between Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers.

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“This is simply untrue. Throughout the first half of the game, I was subjected to abuse and disparaging comments from the Albion Rovers dug out. I did not react to these.

“David Cox, who was a substitute and not playing, was booked by the referee for entering the pitch and abusing me.

“I did not abuse him. His abuse of me took place in front of the linesman. Had I made the comment, which it has been said that I made, then It is inconceivable that it would have not been heard by the linesman.

“Having been personally subjected to disparaging and hurtful remarks as a player for many years, I condemn any such practice.

“I would never attack another player’s mental health or wellbeing and will fully cooperate with the Scottish FA investigation into this matter.”

Stenhousemuir have since issued an update confirming Tiffoney will take a “leave of absence” until that investigation concludes.

It read: “The club can confirm that we have asked the Scottish FA Compliance Officer to investigate the incident that happened last night during our game against Albion Rovers, and the SPFL has been informed.

“Serious allegations have been made and they must be fully and robustly investigated. Following discussions with the Stenhousemuir player involved, he will take a leave of absence until the investigation is concluded.”


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Jonathan Tiffoney refutes allegations of sickening mental health slur … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0100-STENHOUSEMUIR captain Jonathan Tiffoney has emphatically denied making comments referencing David Cox's mental health during last night's clash at Och.

Stenny captain Tiffoney denies David Cox mental health claim as SFA open probe

April 30, 2021

STENHOUSEMUIR captain Jonathan Tiffoney has emphatically denied making comments referencing David Cox's mental health during last night's clash at Ochilview.

The 29-year-old former Ayr United, Alloa Athletic and Brechin City man also says he is willing to cooperate fully with an SFA investigation, as the compliance officer launches a probe.

Stenhousemuir's Jonathan Tiffoney made the alleged commentsCredit: Dave Johnston

In a statement released through his lawyer, Tiffoney denied the abuse and claimed HE was on the wrong end of abuse. 

“Media reports have indicated that I abused David Cox by referencing and attacking his mental health during last night‘s football match between Stenhousemuir and Albion Rovers.

“This is simply untrue. Throughout the first half of the game, I was subjected to abuse and disparaging comments from the Albion Rovers dug out. I did not react to these.

“David Cox, who was a substitute and not playing, was booked by the referee for entering the pitch and abusing me.

Albion Rovers' David Cox remonstrates with the referee during the gameCredit: Dave Johnston

“I did not abuse him. His abuse of me took place in front of the linesman. Had I made the comment, which it has been said that I made, then It is inconceivable that it would have not been heard by the linesman.

“Having been personally subjected to disparaging and hurtful remarks as a player for many years, I condemn any such practice.

“I would never attack another player’s mental health or wellbeing and will fully cooperate with the Scottish FA investigation into this matter.”

Both clubs have contacted the SFA on Friday in the wake of the row which saw Cox retire from football at half-time after claiming the Stenny skipper aimed a suicide taunt at him.

Albion Rovers put out a statement immediately following the match saying they backed their player.

Stenhousemuir said Cox was involved in a “verbal altercation” before he left the stadium and have launched their own investigation into the incident.

While no notice of complaint has yet been served by the association, Stenhousemuir have to stopped Tiffoney from training or playing until further notice pending their investigation.

“The club can confirm that we have asked the Scottish FA Compliance Officer to investigate the incident that happened last night during our game against Albion Rovers, and the SPFL has been informed.

“Serious allegations have been made and they must be fully and robustly investigated.

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“Following discussions with the Stenhousemuir player involved, he will take a leave of absence until the investigation is concluded.”

If any action was to be taken against Cox for his part in the 'altercation', the compliance officer would deal with the matter separately.

32-year-old Cox walked off at half-time and announced his retirement within hours after claiming a sick slur was aimed in his direction about his mental health struggles.

Cox attempted suicide during his battle with depression and he alleges that Stenhousemuir's Jonathan Tiffoney mocked him about the incident while he was sitting in the stands.

Cox pleaded to the referee during the match about the alleged abuse but was instead BOOKED for his protests.

The Rovers ace has been admirably open about how he dealt with his mental health struggles in the past and has received widespread backing on social media following Thursday's game.

Former Celtic star Chris Sutton, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and a host of football clubs from up and down the pyramid have voiced their support for Cox.

And two leading mental health charities, Back Onside and See Me, have made statements in support of Cox.

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Albion ace David Cox – who has attempted to take his own life before – quits football at half-time after suicide taunt by rival


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Jonathan Tiffoney refutes allegations of sickening mental health slur