Richard Keogh: Derby County sack captain for "gross misconduct"

Crash scene The wreckage of the team-mate’s car in which Richard Keogh was injured

Crash scene The wreckage of the team-mate’s car in which Richard Keogh was injured

Keogh subsequently referred the matter to his legal representatives.

The crash resulted in his Rams team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett being convicted of drink-driving.

The Championship club said in a statement that Keogh's contract had been "terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct".

It's believed the Republic of Ireland global has been given time to consider a proposal to see out the remainder of his contract on reduced wages.

A Derby spokesman said: 'The process is ongoing and in order not to prejudice any of that process we will not be making any comment until the conclusion of our investigation'. Lawrence's auto went into the back of Bennett's, before going across a roundabout and hitting the lamppost.

He has twice been voted player of the year by the Derby fans.

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The club's hardline stance was unacceptable to Keogh and now they have told him that he is no longer in their employ.

Formerly captain at Coventry, Keogh was immediately named captain at Derby upon signing in 2012, replacing the departed Jason Shackell.

"They should have known when to stop and also ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club, and chose to stay out".

Keogh is considering a final proposal from Derby to remain a player on a reduced salary, in the aftermath of the alcohol-fuelled team bonding night which left him with serious knee injuries.

Derby are now 16th in the Championship table, and face a home tie against Middlesbrough on Saturday (3pm).

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