Richard Keogh has secured a payout of about £2.3m from Derby after winning
his long-running compensation claim against the club.
The 34-year-old defender, who finished the season at Huddersfield, brought an action
for breach of contract in the wake of his sacking by Derby in October 2019.
Keogh was dismissed by the club in October 2019 after sustaining serious
knee injuries when a car driven by team-mate Tom Lawrence on a night out crashed
into a lamp-post.
Keogh was sacked for “gross misconduct” after an internal inquiry.
But the defender, sued through the EFL’s Player Related Dispute Commission
for the remaining two years of his £24,000 per week salary.
Despite losing the original case, Derby appealed, only for the original verdict to be upheld.
An EFL statement confirmed: “The League Appeals Committee has heard and
dismissed an appeal by Derby against the decision of the PRDC in the case of
“The PRDC held that Mr Keogh had not committed gross misconduct, had not
brought the club into serious disrepute and had been wrongly dismissed.”
While Keogh was a passenger, Lawrence, who was over the drink-drive limit, was
Nor was another team-mate, Mason Bennett, also over the drink-drive limit when
Lawrence crashed into the back of his car before hitting the lamp-post.
The verdict came as the EFL chiefs also confirmed the League has won its Financial Fair
Play appeal against Derby – leaving Wayne Rooney’s Rams open to a points deduction
that would consign them to relegation from the Championship.
In a statement, the EFL reported that an independent League Arbitration Panel backed
its appeal after the initial disciplinary hearing only gave Derby a reprimand for the