​Former Derby County captain Richard Keogh has had his appeal against the termination of his contract rejected by the club.


The 33-year-old was sacked in October for gross misconduct, after he was involved in a car crash while on the way home from an alcohol-fuelled team bonding session with his Rams teammates. 

Keogh was a passenger in the car of midfielder Tom Lawrence, whose Range Rover collided with a lamppost while he was allegedly racing with fellow Derby player, Mason Bennett. 


The trio had stayed out drinking at the Joiners Arms in Quarndon after the rest of the squad had gone home, having spent an afternoon bowling together in a bonding exercise sanctioned by Rams boss Phillip Cocu. 


The incident resulted in Lawrence and Bennett being banned from driving for two years, though both were retained by the club after receiving sanctions. 

Richard Keogh

Keogh, on the other hand, was released and although he appealed the decision immediately, ​The Telegraph are reporting that last night he was informed that the decision will stand.


Prior to getting his contract terminated, the Irishman refused to sign a new contract on a reduced wage.


Keogh may choose to take further action against the club with the PFA likely to assist him in taking his case the EFL. 


The centre-back also has the option of protesting against his dismissal through a non-football related industrial tribunal.


Prior to his departure, Keogh had been at the club for seven years, during which time he made 356 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Richard Keogh

The defender was also involved in a string of successful playoff campaigns with the Rams, with the club remarkably failing to secure promotion to the Premier League in the 2013/14, 2015/2016, 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons.


Before finding a new club, Keogh faces at least a year on the sidelines due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered due to the crash.