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Bloodied captain Richard Keogh and Derby County team-mates are pulled away from Nottingham Forest ground staff after a skirmish as they warmed down following a Carabao Cup defeat to their East Midlands rivals

  • Derby captain Richard Keogh is alleged to have scuffled with a groundsman 
  • The incident reportedly took place after the Rams’ defeat at rivals Notts Forest
  • Visitors were warming down after the clash when the skirmish took place
  • The altercation had left skipper Keogh with notable scratch marks on his neck 
  • The two clubs are now expected to discuss potential disciplinary action
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Derby captain Richard Keogh is alleged to have been involved in a scuffle with a Nottingham Forest groundsman following the Rams’ 3-0 Carabao Cup defeat against their Midlands rivals. 

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Keogh was left with notable scratch marks on his neck after the skirmish, which took place on the field as the visitors warmed down after the tie. It is not currently known if the groundsman had also sustained injury.

The two clubs are now in discussions around the potential for disciplinary action.

Derby's Richard Keogh had allegedly scuffled with a groundsman after defeat at Notts Forest

Derby’s Richard Keogh had allegedly scuffled with a groundsman after defeat at Notts Forest

The Ram's skipper was warming down at the City Ground when the incident took place

The Ram's skipper was warming down at the City Ground when the incident took place

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The Ram’s skipper was warming down at the City Ground when the incident took place

The 33-year-old, who was an unused substitute in Derby’s resounding defeat at the City Ground, had been present on the pitch when the incident took place. 

Some of the visitors’ players had to be separated from members of Forest’s ground staff by security, with Keogh reportedly pulled away from the fracas on multiple occasions.

The bloodied defender was then seen heading back towards the changing rooms, and heard bellowing expletives.

Keogh was pictured with notable scratch marks on his neck after the unsightly skirmish

Keogh was pictured with notable scratch marks on his neck after the unsightly skirmish

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Keogh was pictured with notable scratch marks on his neck after the unsightly skirmish

The 33-year-old had to be separated from Forest ground staff by members of security

The 33-year-old had to be separated from Forest ground staff by members of security

The 33-year-old had to be separated from Forest ground staff by members of security

Post-match interviews had been taking place at the side of the field when the altercation broke out, but tensions eventually dissipated when the Derby contingent returned down the tunnel.

Forest had comfortably progressed into the second round of the competition at the expense of their East Midlands rivals, after goals from Albert Adomah, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho.

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The Rams have picked up just two victories so far under manager Phillip Cocu, who had replaced Frank Lampard in the summer. 

RICHARD KEOGH 

Age: 33

Position: Centre back

Clubs: 

2004-05 – Stoke City (0 appearances)

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2005-08 – Bristol City (40 appearances)

2008-10 – Carlisle United (73 appearances)

2010-12 – Coventry City (91 appearances)

2012 – Derby County (313 appearances) 

Internationals:

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2013 – Republic of Ireland (21 appearances)