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Derby County owner Mel Morris makes bizarre claim that sacking drinking footballers is a 'financial nightmare'... after dismissing passenger Richard Keogh while Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett were let off with fines

By Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline

Published: 09:24 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 09:39 GMT, 8 November 2019

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Derby County owner Mel Morris has strangely suggested sacking drinking footballers could be a 'financial nightmare' after the incident involving his squad.

Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett both pleaded guilty to drink driving after crashing cars during a team bonding night out and were handed fines by the Pride Park club.

But captain Richard Keogh, 33, who was a passenger in Lawrence's Range Rover and suffered a potentially career-threatening knee injury was instead dismissed by Derby after he refused to reduce his wages.

Derby County owner Mel Morris has made a bizarre claim about drink-driving footballers

Derby County owner Mel Morris has made a bizarre claim about drink-driving footballers

Tom Lawrence (second left) and Mason Bennett (second right) were not sacked by Derby

Tom Lawrence (second left) and Mason Bennett (second right) were not sacked by Derby

But Richard Keogh, who was a passenger in Lawrence's car, was sacked by Derby recently

But Richard Keogh, who was a passenger in Lawrence's car, was sacked by Derby recently

There have since been suggestions that Keogh was let go because he had little in the way of market value due to his age, especially compared to Lawrence and Bennett.

Keogh is planning to appeal the decision and has the backing of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), who are planning to

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