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Saturday 14 December 2019

Blow for Keogh as he loses appeal

Richard Keogh. Photo: Sportsfile
Richard Keogh. Photo: Sportsfile

Richard Keogh will now take a case over his sacking by Derby County to the Football League after an appeal was rejected by the club.

The Ireland international was effectively dismissed by the Championship side last month over a drink-driving incident during a squad night out.

Keogh sustained a season-ending knee injury while he was a passenger in a car, driven by a Rams team-mate, which crashed.

The two players who were driving, and later pleaded guilty to drink-driving charges, were kept on at the club and have since played for the Rams but Keogh had his contract cancelled after he rejected the club's request for him to take a massive pay cut, from his previous weekly salary of £25,000 to £3,000.

The defender appealed the club's decision through Derby's internal disciplinary process, with the support of the PFA, but following a hearing last night, chairman Mel Morris said the club stood by their decision.

Keogh maintains his stance that he has been badly treated by the club as he was not driving on the night of the incident and his option now is to take an appeal to the Football League.

He remains sidelined by the injury though Keogh did visit the Ireland camp earlier this month to see his international team-mates.

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