Richard Keogh has launched a formal appeal against his sacking by Derby County after seeking legal advice.
Keogh had his £1.3million-a-year contract terminated by the Rams last week over his role in the drink-driving storm that rocked the Championship club – and their decision has drawn plenty of criticism.
Having been given 14 days to appeal against the decision, Keogh has decided to do so with the backing of the Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA).
He was a back-seat passenger in the Range Rover driven by team-mate Tom Lawrence that crashed into a lamppost after a night out on September 24, and Keogh suffered injuries which will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Keogh, who has been at Derby since 2012 and played 356 games, feels he has been treated unfairly in comparison to Bennett and Lawrence, both of whom have been retained by the club despite pleading guilty to drink-driving in court.
In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT last week, Keogh’s agent Cos Toffis said his client is struggling to deal with Derby’s decision.
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“Richard is in a really bad way, it’s heartbreaking,” he said to talkSPORT host Jim White.
“I don’t think I can put into words how much he’s hurting and what his family are going through. Richard’s world has been absolutely rocked.
“I was absolutely shocked that Derby sacked him. It was something we were paranoid about but at no point did we think it was going to happen.
“It was a devastating blow. It’s a decision I wish they didn’t take.
“Richard was family at Derby. He played 356 games for the club and whenever a player commits to a club the way Richard has, you become family. He will be in the Derby County family for the rest of his life; there won’t be many players who will play that many games over the next 50 or 60 years for one club.
“When players show that immense loyalty, dedication and commitment to a football club… he’s given everything to Derby. He’s only missed a handful of games, he’s fought in that shirt, he’s bled in that shirt, he’s cried in that shirt.
“He loves Derby County and he’s got an exceptional relationship with fans and the staff. He hasn’t even been able to go in to say goodbye to the staff.
“To be kicked to the kerb is a really difficult pill to swallow.”
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