Curtis Davies says Derby should welcome back players involved in drink-driving crash after replacing Tom Huddlestone as Rams captain
- Three Derby players were involved in a drink driving car crash last week
- Curtis Davies believes players should be given chance to redeem their actions
- Davies has replaced Tom Huddlestone as captain after he was stripped of role
- Huddlestone was found to have filmed players being sick prior to the crash
Curtis Davies says the Derby players involved in a drink-driving crash should be welcomed back.
Richard Keogh suffered a season-ending knee injury in a crash after which team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett were charged with drink-driving last Tuesday.
Keogh, 33, was stripped of the captaincy. Tom Huddlestone, who replaced him as skipper, lost the armband after it emerged that he videoed Bennett vomiting in a pub toilet and uploaded it on social media.
Three Derby County players were involved in a horror drink-driving crash last week
Curtis Davies replaced Tom Huddlestone as Derby County captain following car crash
Huddlestone was stripped of captaincy after filming Derby players being sick before crash
Lawrence, 25, and Bennett, 23 — the club rep for the Drinkaware campaign — missed this match. Davies, 34, Derby’s third skipper in 48 hours, played his first league game of the season.
‘It’s about keeping the lads together,’ he said. ‘We can’t disown anyone. I’m not condoning it, but I have to stand by them and help them to pay back the community.’
Derby won for the first time since the opening day of the season. Chris Martin gave them the lead and Martyn Waghorn doubled it after the break. Gary Gardner and Ivan Sunjic levelled, only for Jamie Paterson to grab a late winner.