Derby County are reportedly set to appeal after a tribunal ruled they need to pay £2 million to former captain Richard Keogh following his controversial sacking last year.
Keogh was one of three players, alongside Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett, involved in a drink-driving incident in October 2019.
The Republic of Ireland international sustained a serious knee injury and had his contract, which still had 21 months left to run, terminated by the East Midlands club.
Earlier this week the Daily Mail revealed that a tribunal had ruled the Rams needed to pay Keogh £2 million in compensation as his dismissal was unfair.
According to Sky Sports News, however, Derby are appealing that ruling as they look to avoid what would be a significant financial blow.
The Pride Park outfit already find themselves with financial issues and are under a transfer embargo after failing to pay their players fully in December.
Having left Derby in October 2019, Keogh joined MK Dons in the summer and is now back in the Championship with Huddersfield Town after making the switch this month.
The experienced defender looks set to return to Pride Park next month, with the Terriers due to play at the ground on the 23rd of February.
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A £2 million payout to Keogh is the last thing Derby need right now and it’s no surprise to see them appeal the decision.
Terminating the defender’s contract was controversial at the time but it seems it may be coming back to bite them in a big way.
Just as Wayne Rooney is turning things around for the Rams on the pitch, everything seems to be falling apart off it.