Republic of Ireland defender Richard Keogh has had his appeal against his dismissal rejected by Derby County according to The Telegraph.
Keogh’s contract was terminated last month for gross misconduct after he was involved in a car crash which saw his teammates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett convicted of drink driving.
The 33-year-old’s appeal was reportedly heard at Pride Park last Wednesday. Keogh was informed of the club’s decision last night with club chairman Mel Morris delivering the news.
The defender suffered a serious knee injury when he was a passenger in Lawrence’s car which crashed into a lamppost following a team night out. He is expected to miss over a year of action.
Both Lawrence and Bennett were fined and pleaded guilty to drink driving, but, despite their punishment, the pair remain at the club.
Keogh had reportedly refused a new deal from Derby which involved him earning significantly less money and his contract was subsequently terminated following a thorough disciplinary process.
He had spent seven years at the club. According to The Telegraph, he has “a final route of appeal” and is expected to take his case to the English Football League with the assistance of the PFA.
Keogh had been a key part of Ireland’s push for Euro 2020 qualification campaign before the. He will miss next summer’s tournament should the Boys in Green qualify.