Derby County will not be holding a Christmas party this year due to the events surrounding a team bonding exercise in September.
A 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday saw Phillip Cocu’s Derby remain in the bottom half of the Championship table and therefore make each and every game moving forward – a must-win.
Having struggled to find any consistency with results this term, the Rams will look to end that Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and they head into the game having made an important team decision.
The Athletic report that the club, officials and Cocu have all moved to cancel the annual Christmas party and instead attend a lunch in the day-time with various other staff members from the East Midlands side.
The decision comes after a team-bonding exercise in September which saw former club captain Richard Keogh, Mason Bennett and Tom Lawrence all be charged for drink driving.
Bennett and Lawrence found themselves fined by the club and accepted the charges, whilst Keogh was sacked.
The players are believed to have played a part in the decision.
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A superb decision from the club and one that no-one can argue with. The incidents that happened in September were disrespectful and put a cloud of everyone at Pride Park.
Yes, it was a massive mistake from the players but in their position as footballers and idols – you have to wonder why they need to partake in alcohol.
There simply is no excuse…