Friday 20 September 2019

Video: Corporate lawyer sacked for calling Liverpool fans 'Scouse scum' after Chelsea game

Goldberg Segalla's managing partner announced O'Connell's sacking via video statement
Goldberg Segalla's managing partner announced O'Connell's sacking via video statement

Callum Davis

An award-winning corporate lawyer has been sacked for calling Liverpool fans 'Scouse scum' in an online video.

The Chelsea fan has been sacked by a law firm after appearing in a video vociferously defending under-fire manager, Jose Mourinho.

Clive O'Connell, formerly of Goldberg Segalla, appeared on Neeks' Sports Youtube channel following Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The video caused controversy online after O'Connell described the visiting supporters as 'Scouse scum.'

"Even those Scouse scum idiots, those nasty idiots, know Mourinho is the best manager in the world," O'Connell said when asked whether Jose Mourinho should be replaced as Chelsea manager.

O'Connell's employers have responded to the video by issuing a video statement explaining that they would be terminating his contract with immediate effect.

"The people who join our company must be better humans than they are lawyers. Our core values require that anyone affiliated with the firm demonstrate respect for the clients, the courts, their colleagues and their community," said Goldberg Segalla's managing partner, Rick Cohen.

"Clive O'Connell's comments are entirely inconsistent with our ethos. His words are offensive, plain and simple.

“We are extremely proud of the respectful and giving culture that we worked hard to build.

"For these reasons, we have terminated our partnership with Mr O'Connell, effective immediately," Cohen concluded.

 Mr O’Connell, who was named best lawyer for insurance law in the 2014 ‘Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom’ guide, has since apologised for his outburst.

“I was very disappointed in the aftermath of Saturday’s game," O'Connell told the Evening Standard

“I let my emotions get the better of me. I clearly regret this and any offence that I may have caused by my hot headed and regrettable reaction, which was inappropriate whether or not caught on camera.”

The man described as 'one of the world's leading insurance and reinsurance professionals,' tweeted 'craw' back to your miserable Merseyside home,' in response to feedback to the video from Liverpool fans on Twitter.

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