Richard Keogh 'to appeal against sacking by Derby' after being left shocked his £1.3m-a-year deal was ripped up, as his wife says she is married to a 'professional scapegoat' following role in drink-driving shame
Richard Keogh is reportedly set to appeal against his sacking by Derby after he decided not to accept an offer of reduced wages in order to stay at the Championship club. But the club captain is shocked at having his contract terminated for gross misconduct over the car crash which has potentially wrecked his career, according to The Athletic. The defender sustained serious injuries at the end of a team-bonding night last month, suffering knee ligament damage that is likely to keep him on the sidelines for more than a year.
Richard Keogh has lodged a formal appeal with Derby County challenging the club's decision to terminate his contract , Sky Sports News understands. Keogh sacked by Derby for gross misconduct following his involvement in a drink-driving incident in September.
The captain, who had been with the Rams since 2012, was left with season-ending injuries after team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett crashed their cars after a night out.
Richard Keogh has lodged a formal appeal with Derby County challenging the club's decision to terminate his contract, Sky Sports News understands.
Keogh has taken legal advice and is following a process supported by the PFA.
It is understood that the 33-year-old feels he has been treated unfairly by the club for which he has played more than 350 games.
He also feels he has been treated differently to Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett - both of whom have been retained by Derby, despite their convictions for drink-driving.
English soccer club Derby fires captain in car-crash fallout
DERBY, England (AP) — English soccer club Derby has fired captain Richard Keogh for gross misconduct following an internal disciplinary hearing into a car accident. The 33-year-old defender suffered a knee injury that has ruled him out for more than a year after he was involved in a car accident with teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett in September. Derby, which plays in the second-tier League Championship, previously fined Lawrence and Bennett six weeks' wages, the maximum allowed contractually.The pair had initially fled from the scene of the crash, which happened after a team bonding day that ended in a pub.
Derby have terminated the contract of club captain Richard Keogh over his involvement in an incident that saw two other County players arrested. "As a result of that process, Mr Keogh has had his contract terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct. He has the right of appeal within 14
Derby have terminated the contract of captain Richard Keogh “for gross misconduct” following an A club statement on Wednesday evening following the hearing, read: “As a result of that process, Mr Keogh has had his contract terminated with immediate He has the right of appeal within 14 days.”
Keogh was not charged with any criminal offence but was sacked by Derby.
He was a back-seat passenger in the car driven by team-mate Lawrence that crashed into a lamppost after an ill-fated team bonding session that saw Lawrence and Bennett convicted of drink-driving.
This occurred during a team night out in September which Derby described as an "alcohol-related incident".
It has emerged Keogh was trapped in the back of the crashed Range Rover for more than half an hour on the A6 near Derby, unable to escape because of the injuries to his knee.
Keogh has already had one operation and could need further surgery with the injury set to see the defender sidelined until December 2020, although his agent has said he is certain his client will play football again.
Keogh had 18 months remaining on his Derby contract before it was terminated.
Rooney to start Derby role at QPR .
Wayne Rooney is set to start his new role as Derby coach at Saturday's Sky Bet Championship home match with QPR. Rams boss Phillip Cocu revealed after Tuesday's 3-0 defeat away to Fulham that England's record goalscorer will be present for the weekend clash with QPR.Rooney, who agreed an 18-month player-coach deal with the Rams, cannot play for Derby until the winter transfer window opens, but could be in the dugout in his new a coaching role after recently finishing his spell playing with DC United in America.