- Chelsea have fired a senior executive less than a month after he was hired after it was revealed he sent inappropriate messages to another football figure
- Catalina Kim, a financial football agent, is said to have felt unsafe and harassed by the nature of Damian Willoughby's messages
- Willoughby was just appointed this month to serve as Chelsea's commercial director
The Chelsea ownership has once again flexed its muscle by sacking another top official, barely two weeks since Thomas Tuchel's dismissal.
Damian Willoughby, Chelsea's commercial director, has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect after claims of sexual harassment and sending of 'inappropriate messages' were levelled against him.
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Willoughby has been serving in that role for less than a month, having previously worked for Manchester City and EA Sports. It is understood that Willoughby sent those messages before taking up the role at Chelsea.
A part of Chelsea's statement read,
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.
Willoughby is said to have sent the inappropriate messages to football finance agent Catalina Kim who lodged a complaint with Chelsea's head of business Tom Glick.
According to Telegraph Sport, Kim provided messages that showed Willoughby bringing up the possibility of having intercourse, sending explicit videos and asking if she was naked.
The messages were sent as recently as September 3rd, two days before Willoughby started working at Chelsea.
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The German gaffer was sacked barely 15 months after leading the side to Champions League victory. Boehly adopted the ruthless nature of former owner Roman Abramovich by firing Tuchel at the first sight of a dip in form.