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Club employee accused of bullying


Filed: Friday, 20th October 2017
By: Staff Writer


A former employee of West Ham United claims to have been "bullied, discriminated against" and "made to feel worthless" by a senior member of staff.

Ellis Cole, who worked at the club for six months took to social media to share his tale of woe, which he claims was the doing of of fellow employee, Nicola Keye.

Formerly employed by Aston Villa, Ms Keye was appointed by West Ham in November 2016 as Head of Ticketing.

And according to Mr Cole - who revealed he was fired by the club for being consistently late - Ms Keye was "a vile woman" who "shouldn't be allowed to be in management".


Mr Cole, from his twitter profile


"I'm disgusted how a football club can be run with such a vile and disgusting management," he wrote on his twitter page.

"Now my chapter is over, I won't be scared and silenced no longer and I hope this will never happen to someone else. It cannot continue, as it is toxic. It is a wonder I am still here to tell the story."

Mr Cole, who described his role at West Ham as his "dream job" also claimed that he was subject to constant harassment and "made to feel worthless", leading to "severe anxiety, depression, weight loss" and even "suicidal thoughts" whilst employed by West Ham.



Ms Keye, pictured in 2014 alongside Villa's Head of Media Brian Doogan


Ms Keye was introduced to the club in the wake of 2016's 'club cash' fiasco and has since been congratulated by a number of supporters, many of whom she contacted personally, for resolving the problems.

She was also cited as the person responsible for calling a halt to the club's premium line phone numbers, which saw fans incur huge fees as a result of being placed in queues, sometimes for more than an hour at a time.

Nobody at West Ham was prepared to comment on the allegations when we contacted the club.





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