Derby County have rejected Richard Keogh’s appeal against his sacking for gross misconduct.
The Republic of Ireland defender, who made 356 appearances for the club after joining from Coventry City in 2012, is supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) in his action and is now likely to appeal to the English Football League who can help him file an official complaint against the club.
The 33-year-old was dismissed last month over his involvement in a car crash which saw team-mates Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett arrested.
The pair pleaded guilty to drink driving and were fined six weeks’ wages by the club. Keogh, who wasn’t driving, was sacked.
The defender was contracted to the Pride Park outfit until June 2021, but suffered a serious knee injury in the crash which will keep him out of action until late next year.
Prior to his dismissal, it is believed Derby offered him a revised deal on reduced wages which he refused to accept.