Derby stars will not be having their annual Christmas party this year.

The party has been called off following the Rams' dire season so far, which saw Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett convicted of drink-driving in October.

The pair were detained by police after a crash involving a Range Rover and a Mercedes on the A6 near Allestree, Derby, shortly before midnight on September 24, following a team-bonding session.

Derby captain Richard Keogh was a passenger in Lawrence's Range Rover and subsequently suffered a season-ending knee injury and had his contract terminated by the club.

It has not been much better on the pitch either, with promotion hopefuls Derby 14th in the Championship after 19 games.

The Athletic claim a meeting was held and it was deemed 'common sense' to cancel the Christmas party in a decision made unanimously by the squad, staff and administrators.

A source added to the publication that 'heads would have to roll' if the Christmas party went ahead.

Players will attend a Christmas lunch with club staff instead.

Derby will hope to improve their form over Christmas in time for the playing arrival of Wayne Rooney on January 1.

The former Manchester United is undertaking a player-coach role at Pride Park, and was in the dugout for the first time for Derby's 1-1 draw with QPR on Saturday.

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