Just over 2 weeks after being hired at Chelsea, he is sack for sexual offenses.
CHELSEA have sacked their commercial director
amid claims of sexual harassment and X-rated
tweets – just two week after appointing him.
The Blues confirmed Damian Willoughby’s dismissal
after football finance agent Catalina Kim provided
“evidence of inappropriate messages”.
The Telegraph say Kim produced texts showing that
Willoughby asked if she was naked and introduced
sex as a subject, whilst he also posted an alleged
She also said he suggested he would arrange a
meeting with Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano if
she agreed to be “naughty”.
Chelsea dismissed Willoughby after Kim alerted the
club’s president of business Tom Glick about
conduct dating back to before he was brought in as a
senior executive earlier in September.
The Blues told the Telegraph: “Chelsea Football Club
confirms that it has terminated Commercial Director
Damian Willoughby’s employment with immediate
“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.“
Kim is chief executive of C&P Sports Group and has
set up multi-million pound deals between European
giants like champions City and Spurs.
The Telegraph say they have seen her text exchanges
with Willoughby, showing she repeatedly rebuffed him
and reminded him he is married.
He first worked at Stamford Bridge between 2007
and 2010 but reportedly first met Kim in 2015 when
he was involved with Man City.
Then, this summer, she was linked to bids to buy
Chelsea whereas he was keen on supporting a rival
consortium – before Todd Boehly won the takeover
Glick informed her Willoughby was Chelsea’s new
commercial director and the three of them met on
Afterwards Kim raised concerns with Glick – at first
about his efforts to raise investment for a bid to buy
Chelsea but then over his previous conduct.