Irish international Richard Keogh has submitted a formal appeal against his dismissal from Derby county after the club terminated his contract for gross misconduct.
Keogh has taken legal advice and reportedly informed the Championship club on Tuesday he is opposing their decision.
Per the Telegraph, the 33-year old will be supported by the PFA in his case and a court battle is likely. They report that he turned down reduced terms to his £24,000 a week contract on legal advice before he was sacked.
Keogh feels he has been treated unfairly by the club, who did not dismiss Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennet despite their convictions for drinking driving. Keogh's agent Cos Toffis told Talksport that he is "in a really bad way".
"I don’t think I can put into words how much he’s hurting and what his family are going through."
Wednesday was the deadline for the appeal to be lodged. The decision to terminate his contract was criticised by fellow Irish internationals at the time, with Jeff Hendrick labelling it "kicking a man while he is down".