Chelsea has sacked a top-rank commercial director less than a month after employing him following a piece of evidence that he sent indecent messages to a female football fiancee before picking up the club’s employment.
Chelsea confirmed the news that the club has terminated the contract of Damian Willoughby with immediate effect after they were made aware of the content of the messages sent to Catalina Kim.
Willoughby previously worked with Chelsea and was in his second spell with the Stamford Bridge outfit before the sack, He took a key role, with Chelsea’s new US owners looking to maximise off-the-field revenue.
The club’s statement reads: ‘Chelsea Football Club confirms that it has terminated commercial director Damian Willoughby’s employment with immediate effect.
‘Evidence of inappropriate messages sent by Mr Willoughby, prior to his appointment at Chelsea FC earlier this month, has recently been provided to and investigated by the club.
‘While they were sent prior to his employment at the club, such behaviour runs absolutely counter to the workplace environment and corporate culture being established by the club’s new ownership.
‘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.’