Derby County reveal their players IGNORED offers of a lift home on boozy team night out that ended with TWO players being charged with drink-driving after car crash which left their captain with a season-ending injury
- Derby’s Richard Keogh is out for the rest of the season with ‘a serious knee injury’
- The defender was reportedly in the back seat of Tom Lawrence’s Range Rover
- The crash occurred between the vehicles of Lawrence and Mason Bennett
- Lawrence and Bennett were both charged with drink-driving by the police
- A brutal statement from Derby slammed them for ‘not knowing when to stop’
- Derby also insisted that the players ‘ignored offers of a lift home’ in club vehicles
Derby County have slammed their own captain Richard Keogh after he was ruled out for the rest of the season due to ‘a serious knee injury’ sustained during a car collision that saw two of his team-mates charged with drink driving.
The club captain was reportedly in the back seat of Tom Lawrence’s Range Rover which crashed into a lamppost and subsequently led to his injuries late on Tuesday night.
Team-mates Lawrence and Mason Bennett, whose Mercedes GLC was also involved in the incident, were both charged with drink-driving following an incident on the A6 in Derby.
Richard Keogh is out for the rest of the season after he injured his knee in a car collision
Derbyshire Road Policing Unit tweeted a picture of the wreckage from their account
The Daily Telegraph revealed on Thursday that Keogh suffered injuries during the incident before Derby later confirmed that he will play no further part this campaign because of a ‘serious knee injury’.
The incident occurred after a planned squad night out which was given the green light by the club. However, Derby released a withering statement on Thursday that blamed Keogh for ‘not knowing when to stop’ and insisted the trio will ‘pay a heavy price for their actions’.
The statement read: ‘The players were out as part of a scheduled team-building dinner with staff and while the majority of them acted responsibly and left at around 8pm and were not involved, a small group, including the team captain Richard Keogh, continued drinking into the night.
‘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. As a result of an alcohol-related incident, Richard Keogh has sustained a serious knee injury that will prevent him from playing until the end of the season.
‘The players involved in the incident on Tuesday evening will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club’s code of conduct and disciplinary procedures, but over and above any punishment they receive we will be expecting them to become involved with the excellent work the Community Trust does helping the communities we serve.
‘We have been very clear about our attitude towards alcohol and the players know that at certain and specific times of the season they are permitted a drink together as a group in a controlled environment.
‘Those involved in Tuesday’s incident know they will pay a heavy price for their actions, but also that we will support them with their rehabilitation back into the squad and team.’
Tom Lawrence was taken to hospital after the collision but fortunately escaped without injury
Mason Bennett (top) was the other player involved and Derby are investigating the incident
Keogh had been ever present for the Rams in the league this season, playing every minute of their eight Championship fixtures.
Lawrence, a winger who has won 20 caps for Wales, has started all but one of Derby’s Championship games so far this season.
Forward Bennett, meanwhile, has made six appearances for Cocu’s side this campaign. In 2011, he became the club’s youngest ever player when he made his debut at 15 years and 99 days old.
Derbyshire police said on Tuesday: ‘Two men have been charged with drink driving after a collision involving a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes GLC at the junction of Burley Hill and the A6 at Allestree, last night shortly before midnight (Tuesday, 24 September).
‘Mason Bennett, 23, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield and Tom Lawrence, 25, of Duffield were arrested at the scene and charged earlier today. They are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 15 October at 9.30am.’