Chelsea football club announced the sacking of their commercial director Damian Willoughby after he sent “inappropriate messages” to a female football finance agent. Willoughby sent improper messages to Catalina Kim before he joined the club last month.
Chelsea Sack Damian Willoughby
Kim was involved with a bid to buy the West London club in March. The spokesperson for the club said: “Chelsea confirms that it has terminated commercial director Damian Willoughby’s employment with immediate effect.”
He also said: “Evidence of inappropriate messages sent by Mr Willoughby, before his appointment at Chelsea FC earlier this month, has recently been provided to and investigated by the club.”
“While they were sent before his employment at the club, such behaviour runs counter to the workplace environment and corporate culture being established by the club’s new ownership.”
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Last month Willoughby began a second spell at Stamford Bridge following the club’s takeover by an investment group led by businessman Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
He worked for Chelsea between 2007 and 2010 – and has also worked for Manchester City and EA Sports. But he has been sacked less than a month into the role.
The Chelsea spokesperson also said: “The club’s owners are working tirelessly to set and achieve the highest standards both on and off the pitch, and are determined to establish and nurture a culture of transparency, accountability, inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. “The club is committed to creating an environment which embodies these values.”