Married Premier League boss David Pemsel quits before starting in the role after he was accused of bombarding female former colleague with texts
- Incoming Premier League chief executive David Pemsel has resigned today
- 51-year-old accused of sending dozens of text messages to a woman in her 20s
- Several clubs understood to believe that Pemsel’s position was untenable
- Premier League said it had ‘accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as Chief Executive’
David Pemsel has resigned as the Premier League’s incoming chief executive today in the wake of accusations he ‘bombarded a former colleague in her 20s with texts’.
Pemsel was due to start work in February but has now withdrawn from the role, and Richard Masters will continue as interim chief executive.
The Premier League had been facing calls to sack Pemsel on Thursday night before he started following allegations concerning text messages sent to a former colleague after his appointment last month.
Several clubs are understood to believe that Pemsel’s position was untenable due to the poor judgment the 51-year-old displayed in allegedly sending dozens of text messages to the young woman.
The Premier League have held crisis talks amid allegations made against David Pemsel, the new chief executive of the league
Text messages between Pemsel and a former colleague in her 20s have emerged
In a statement issued today, the Premier League said: ‘Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as Chief Executive.
‘Richard Masters will continue as Interim Chief Executive. No further comment will be made at this stage.’
The first messages were allegedly sent earlier this year and continued after he was named as the new Premier League chief executive last month, a fact which was highlighted by senior staff at several clubs during informal talks.
Premier League executives spent much of yesterday in crisis talks over how to deal with the latest setback in a bungled recruitment process that has lasted almost 18 months, with a number of clubs demanding an urgent meeting of all 20 shareholders to resolve the issue.
It adds to a shambolic recruitment process by the league in replacing Richard Scudamore