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Ireland defender Richard Keogh steps up his dismissal case against Derby County


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Richard Keogh. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Richard Keogh. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Richard Keogh. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Ireland defender Richard Keogh has taken his case against his dismissal by Derby County to the English Football League (EFL).

The 33-year-old is currently sidelined with a long-term knee injury which he sustained in a drink-driving incident, which led to his sacking by the Championship club. Keogh was a passenger in a car driven by a Rams team-mate, who was later convicted of drink-driving offences.

In the wake of the incident Keogh was disciplined by the club, even though he was not driving the car.

He refused to accept a new deal on a reduced wage packet and his contract was terminated.

The centre-half has decided to take his case to the authorities in the EFL and filed a complaint against Derby County over his dismissal. He has the backing of the players' union, the PFA, and the case will be heard by the EFL this month.

Derby were critical of Keogh at the time of the incident, though his supporters felt he was singled out for harsh treatment while the two players, who had both been drink-driving, were fined and allowed to resume their playing careers at the club.

Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence were fined six weeks' wages by the club, while a court ordered them to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work, gave them a 12-month community order and banned them from driving for two years.

The incident denied Keogh the chance to play in the remainder of the Euro 2020 qualifiers and he will be sidelined for the tournament if Ireland qualify.

He has retained the support of his international team-mates and manager and was invited to visit the Ireland camp in Dublin ahead of the group game against Denmark in November.

Keogh has not spoken publicly since the incident but his agent, Cos Toffis, said in November that "Richard is in a really bad way, it's heartbreaking".

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