Derby punish Mears

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Derby have fined defender Tyrone Mears for his controversial move to French club Marseille.

Mears angered Rams boss Paul Jewell last month when he travelled to Marseille for a trial without Derby's permission. Jewell stated that the right-back would never play for the club again while he was in charge at Pride Park.

Mears, 25, has since secured a season-long loan to the Stade Velodrome. However, Derby have refused to let the matter lie and have moved to punish the player.

"He was fined for going without our permission, leaving the country and not reporting for training," Jewell said.

Jewell insisted the fine was not as high as the £75,000 initially reported and that Mears has got six weeks to appeal.

Mears joined Derby from West Ham in July 2007 following a loan spell at Pride Park. He made 25 appearances as County were relegated from the Premier League last season.

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