Chelsea have sacked commercial director Damian Willoughby over a series of inappropriate messages sent to football agent Catalina Kim.
The messages were sent before Willoughby worked for the club and follows an internal investigation.
A club 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.”