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SFA hearing for Jonathan Tiffoney on hold to dismay of David Cox

Daily Record logo Daily Record 05/07/2021 Euan Robertson

David Cox has revealed his frustration that the SFA never conducted a hearing into Jonathan Tiffoney.

The former Stenhousemuir defender was charged with ‘excessive misconduct’ after allegedly goading Cox about a failed suicide attempt.

Cox walked away from football following the incident. The 32-year-old bravely discussed his mental health battles and the story blew up across social media as Cox received an unprecedented amount of support.

However, the media attention of the incident has subsided and the Lanark star revealed, to his dismay, that the hearing never took place.

Cox, who has recently returned to football with Brechin City, said: “I never intended that situation to go as big as it did or to reach so many people but it did anyway.

“If I’d just went back to football after I said what I said on it then people might have questioned why I made such a fuss about it - I was genuinely done with football.

“Not many people know about this but nothing has been done about it. He’s unregistered as a player now so as far as the SFA are concerned, there is nothing that they can do about it.

“The hearing was supposed to be on June 3rd but it was cancelled or suspended for an unknown reason and it was put back until June 24th.

a baseball player holding a racket: Former Stenhousemuir player Jonathan Tiffoney © SNS Group Former Stenhousemuir player Jonathan Tiffoney

“I know from playing football that contracts usually run from June 10th until June 9th the following year.

“So he would have still been registered as a player on the initial hearing day so in my opinion, it looks a little bit suspicious.

“There’s been a huge outcry in the media but nothing has actually been done about it. I wasn’t going to return to football but did anything that happened even make a difference?

“So why should I just not play football for people like that? When I got the offer, I spoke to my wife and other important people and they said if I don’t do it then I’ll regret it.”

Lanarkshire Live Sport understands that the hearing will not take place as Tiffoney isn’t registered to a club but the SFA plan on holding it, if the player returns to a Scottish club.

a man smiling for the camera: Cox is a patron for mental health charity Back Onside © Daily Record Cox is a patron for mental health charity Back Onside

Cox had experienced similar disgraceful taunts on the football field previously in his career.

It was a significant factor in the former Albion Rovers man falling out of love with the game and Cox - who is a patron for mental health charity Back Onside - always feared that he would be subjected to similar comments later in his career.

“When I left Cowdenbeath, I never really left on my terms and it left a sour taste,” Cox added. “I got the opportunity at Albion Rovers but I don’t know if my head was in the game.

“Although I was playing regularly, I wasn’t really enjoying it too much. When everything happened, I obviously walked away but I was always worried that it could happen again.

“I was genuinely not interested in returning until a few weeks ago. I played a couple of games for Lanark United and a couple of amateur teams.

“I hated every minute of it and I was just planning on focusing on the gym to keep myself fit.”

Tiffoney denies the charges that have been made against him.

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