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Richard Keogh 'loses appeal' against Derby sacking after teammates' drink-drive smash


Richard Keogh has reportedly lost his appeal against his sacking by Derby .

The former Rams skipper was sacked last month for gross misconduct following his involvement in a drink-drive car accident.

Keogh has seen his appeal rejected by Derby, according to the Telegraph , despite teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett remaining at the club.

The 33-year-old was a passenger in Lawrence’s Land Rover Sport when it crashed into Bennett’s vehicle before ploughing into a lamppost following a boozy team night out.

Lawrence and Bennett have since been handed two-year driving bans, and were disciplined by Derby but are still on the books at Pride Park.

Keogh has seen his appeal rejected by Derby
Keogh has seen his appeal rejected by Derby

Keogh turned down the offer of staying with the club on reduced wages after being ruled out for 14 months with anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament damage sustained in the smash.

Derby then terminated his contract, and rejected his appeal on Thursday evening, despite Keogh receiving backing from the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).

He is now expected to appeal further with assistance from the English Football League and PFA.

Failing that Keogh also has the option of launching an employment tribunal.

The defender (R) has been doing his rehabilitation with Ireland
The defender (R) has been doing his rehabilitation with Ireland

The PFA said in the aftermath of Keogh’s sacking: “We will robustly defend our member because we feel he has been unfairly treated.”

Keogh’s agent Cos Toffis told the Sun at the time: “I think it could be quite a big can of worms.

“If this goes in Derby’s favour there will be a lot of players in difficult positions at their football clubs.

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“Older players with less market value who are on a lot of money, these are scenarios you have at every football club in the world.

“Should they start wrapping themselves up in cotton wool to avoid any situations like this?”

Keogh has since been travelling to his homeland Ireland to continue his rehabilitation at the FAI headquarters.





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