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Derby hand Lawrence and 'ashamed' Bennett maximum fines

By Sports Desk October 04, 2019

Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett have been fined six weeks' wages by Derby County for actions that left the latter "ashamed".

Lawrence and Bennett were arrested and charged with drink-driving after they were involved in a crash following a team-building dinner on September 24.

The duo are set to appear at court on October 15, while club captain Richard Keogh has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to an injury sustained on the night in question.

Derby announced via a club statement on Friday they had completed their own disciplinary hearing and fined Lawrence and Bennett the equivalent of six weeks' wages, the maximum amount within their contractual limit.

The two players will also be required to serve an additional 80 hours of community and rehabilitation, which will include a drink aware course.

Bennett released his own statement along with Derby's announcement, describing his shame at the incident.

"On the night of Tuesday 24th September, I made huge mistakes after consuming alcohol," it read. "What I did was wrong.

“Being a footballer and someone who young fans look up to, I know the example I set is key. I am ashamed. At 23, I am old enough, and I was brought up, to know better.

"I understand that such actions have serious consequences. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the punishment that the club has issued.

"I have to and will learn from these events and will strive to be a better person.

"There's no excuse for what I've done. I'm sorry to my family, my friends, the club, all Derby supporters and to the wider football community, I let you all down."

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