Chelsea have sacked commercial director Damian Willoughby after sending “inappropriate messages” to a female football agent.
Willoughby sent inappropriate messages to Catalina Kim before she joined the club last month.
Kim was involved in a bid to buy the West London club in March.
“Chelsea have confirmed that commercial director Damian Willoughby has resigned with immediate effect,” a club spokesman said.
“Evidence of inappropriate messages sent by Mr Willoughby prior to his appointment at Chelsea FC earlier this month has recently been provided and investigated by the club.
“Although they were sent before working at the club, these behaviors are completely contrary to the working environment and corporate culture that the club’s new ownership is establishing.”
Willoughby began a second season at Stamford Bridge last month after an investment group led by businessman Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took over the club.
Willoughby worked at Chelsea between 2007 and 2010, and has also worked at Manchester City and EA Sports. But less than a month has been removed from office.
telegraph, was the first to report the storysaid Kim highlighted messages to Chelsea business chief Tim Glick, who hired Willoughby.
Kim’s company C&P Sports Group was involved in a bid to buy the club by British owner Nick Candy. It was put up for sale by former owner Roman Abramovich at the beginning of the year
A Chelsea spokesman added: “The club’s owners are constantly working to set and achieve the highest standards both on and off the pitch, and are committed to establishing and nurturing a culture of transparency, accountability, inclusiveness, diversity and opportunity.
“The club is committed to creating an environment that embodies these values.”