Neil Lennon applauds "brilliant gesture" from Cowdenbeath

By Hamish Carton

December 6, 2019

Neil Lennon has backed a warning from Cowdenbeath that their players will walk off the pitch if their forward David Cox is subjected to any more abuse over his mental health.

On Thursday, the Scotsman reported that the League 2 club were threatening to leave the field of play if Cox, who tried to take his own life in 2014, received any more abuse.

And Lennon, who himself has had to deal with depression in earlier life, says it’s a “brilliant gesture” amid such provocation.

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“It’s ridiculous in this day and age,” the gaffer said in his cup final presser, as shown on the official Celtic YouTube channel. “I think him coming forward is a very brave thing to do, and I hope he’s getting the right help and he’s recovering or healthy with it.

“It’s not an easy thing to deal with. It’s very common now but to get abuse for that is embarrassing. We should be feeling sorry more for the abusers rather than the abused.

“It’s nice to see a bit of solidarity for team-mate. I think it’s a brilliant gesture.”

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Lennon gave an in-depth response to Cowdenbeath question

The Scotsman also reported that 30-year-old Cox had been subjected to chants such as: “Are you going to do it right this time?” and “It must be difficult for you to travel over the Forth Road Bridge to get here”.

Such behaviour is abhorrant and clearly has no place anywhere near football. It is refreshing to see the minnows treating the matter on par with racism, as it is just as hurtful to the player in question.

It’s also refreshing to hear Lennon so in favour of the proposed action. It would’ve been easy for the gaffer to just palm off the question in what must be a busy week but the fact he took time and gave just an in-depth answer shows the level of his class.