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Richard Keogh has been given an ultimatum by Derby as he fights for his future at the club

Richard Keogh ‘to appeal against sacking by Derby’ after being left shocked his £1.3m-a-year deal was ripped up, as his wife says she is married to a ‘professional scapegoat’ following role in drink-driving shame

  • Derby County gave captain Richard Keogh an ultimatum over his £1.3m deal 
  • He suffered serious knee injuries following alcohol-fuelled team bonding night
  • He was in back seat of team-mate Tom Lawrence’s Land Rover when it crashed
  • Keogh was sacked on Wednesday after refusing to accept their terms
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Richard Keogh is reportedly set to appeal against his sacking by Derby after he decided not to accept an offer of reduced wages in order to stay at the Championship club.

But the club captain is shocked at having his contract terminated for gross misconduct over the car crash which has potentially wrecked his career, according to The Athletic

The defender sustained serious injuries at the end of a team-bonding night last month, suffering knee ligament damage that is likely to keep him on the sidelines for more than a year. 

Richard Keogh is reportedly set to appeal his sacking by Derby for gross misconduct

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Richard Keogh is reportedly set to appeal his sacking by Derby for gross misconduct

Keogh was in the back of a black Range Rover last month while it was involved in a car crash

Keogh was in the back of a black Range Rover last month while it was involved in a car crash

Keogh was in the back of a black Range Rover last month while it was involved in a car crash

Keogh, 33, was in the back seat of Tom Lawrence’s car when it crashed into a lamp post after the night out on September 24. He was earning about £25,000 a week, with the offer thought to be significantly less than that.

And now the defender’s wife has stepped into the row, updating her Instagram profile to list herself as ‘wife to a professional scapegoat’.

Charlie Keogh has since deleted the claim from her account.

In a statement on Wednesday night, Derby wrote: ‘Derby County Football Club has completed the disciplinary hearing regarding Richard Keogh in respect of his involvement in the events of Tuesday, September 24th.

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‘As a result of that process, Mr Keogh has had his contract terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct. He has the right of appeal within 14 days.

‘As we have said from the outset, the Club will not tolerate any of its players or staff behaving in a manner which puts themselves, their colleagues, and members of the general public at risk of injury or worse, or which brings the club into disrepute.’

Keogh's wife, Charlie, updated her Instagram to call her husband 'a professional scapegoat'

Keogh's wife, Charlie, updated her Instagram to call her husband 'a professional scapegoat'

Keogh’s wife, Charlie, updated her Instagram to call her husband ‘a professional scapegoat’

Charlie Keogh's Instagram profile, which has since been updated to remove the claim

Charlie Keogh's Instagram profile, which has since been updated to remove the claim

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Charlie Keogh’s Instagram profile, which has since been updated to remove the claim

Tom Lawrence arrived at Derby Magistrates' Court

Tom Lawrence arrived at Derby Magistrates' Court

The Derby forward was then escorted into court

The Derby forward was then escorted into court

Derby forward Tom Lawrence was driving the Range Rover that had Keogh in the back

Lawrence, the Wales forward, and team-mate Mason Bennett were fined, banned from driving for two years and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid for their part in the car crash, which happened on the A6.

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The pair appeared in court on October 15 after being charged with drink driving. Derby also fined Lawrence and Bennett six weeks’ wages each. 

Keogh had been at Derby since July 2012, joining from Coventry in a deal worth about £1million. 

He had made more than 300 appearances for the Rams and led them last season when they reached the Championship play-off final.

It is now probable that the Professional Footballers’ Association will become involved in the matter as Keogh considers his options, ahead of a long road back to fitness.

Keogh has been ruled out until December 2020 after being involved in the horror car crash

Keogh has been ruled out until December 2020 after being involved in the horror car crash

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Keogh has been ruled out until December 2020 after being involved in the horror car crash