Chelsea have terminated the employment of commercial director Damian Willoughby with immediate effect despite him just having started at the club earlier this month following evidence of inappropriate messages having been sent by Willoughby being brought to their attention.
After Chelsea‘s takeover by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, Willoughby was appointed to a role of commercial director. The alleged messages were sent to football finance agent Catalina Kim.
“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,” a spokesperson for Chelsea said.
“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.”
Willoughby is yet to comment and has been contacted by Reuters.
The Telegraph have reported that the messages were sent to a football finance agent since 2021. Willoughby‘s lawyers declined to comment, as per the report.
The report also claimed that Willoughby asked Kim about the possibility of the two engaging in sexual acts, and he went as far as sending explicit videos and asking if she was naked.
The most recent messages were on September 3, 2022, two days before he started work at Chelsea.