Derby duo Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett ‘facing the sack’ after drink-drive car crash

Derby County duo Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett are reportedly ‘facing the sack’ after the drink-driving shame that led to club captain Richard Keogh being ruled out for the season.

Lawrence, 25, and Bennett, 23, were both charged with drink-driving this week after a number of players were involved in a car crash following a team night out on Tuesday.

Keogh, 33, was a backseat passenger in Lawrence’s car and suffered a career-threatening knee injury in the collision.

The Rams have launched a ‘rigorous’ internal investigation into the events, having already slammed their players’ actions in a strongly-worded statement.

And the Daily Mail have claimed Lawrence and Bennett could have their contracts ripped up by the club as a result.

However, a further report from The Sun suggests the pair do have a future at Pride Park, although face severe punishment from their club.

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Tom Lawrence crashed his car after a drinking session with team-mates and was charged with drink-driving
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Derby players had planned to play footgolf as part of a team-bonding evening, but those plans were changed because of the weather so they went bowling instead, followed by a team meal.

But while most of the squad then went home, a select number of men – including Lawrence, Bennett, Keogh and Tom Huddlestone – continued drinking, and it turned into a heavy session.

A series of videos uploaded to Snapchat by Huddlestone showed Bennett downing drinks in the pub before vomiting in a urinal while his team-mates laughed in the background.

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Bennett was filmed by his team-mates sinking pints
SnapChat/ Tom Huddlestone
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The 23-year-old was then seen being sick into a urinal
SnapChat/ Tom Huddlestone

In their statement, Derby said the players ‘ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club’ and Lawrence and Bennett later decided to drive home.

Lawrence then crashed his Range Ranger front-first into a lamppost on the drive home, leading to injuries to both himself and club captain Keogh.

He and Bennett were both arrested at the scene and charged with drink-driving, and are facing a magistrates’ appearance next month.

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