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Chelsea 'Scouse scum' lawyer sacked: Clive O'Connell fired after making 'offensive' comments about Liverpool fans

By Gary Fennelly

A Chelsea fan who branded Liverpool supporters 'Scouse scum' has been sacked from international law firm Goldberg Segalla.

Clive O'Connell, who was a partner at the firm, launched an angry rant (video above) after Jose Mourinho's Blues lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge at the end of October.

During an interview with Neeks Sports website O'Connell said: "Why do you think the Scouse scum are singing ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ when we sang to Benitez ‘we want you to stay’ when he was managing Liverpool."

"Even scum idiots, those nasty, horrible people know that Mourinho is the best manager in the world - they’re scared."

O'Connell, described on his firm’s website as "one of the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance professionals" later took to social media to tell fans to "crawl back to your horrible Merseyside home".

In a video message (below) Goldberg Segalla's managing partner Rick Cohen said: "Clive O’Connell’s comments are entirely inconsistent with our ethos.

"His words are offensive, plain and simple. His conduct doesn't rise to the standard to which we hold ourselves and for these reasons we have terminated our partnership with Mr O’Connell, effective immediately.

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

O’Connell had earlier apologised for the comments saying: "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."

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O'Connell is also believed to have been behind a blog post filled with derogatory comments about the city of Liverpool.

In the post, called ‘Driver on the Wing’s Weather for Chelsea v Liverpool’ O'Connell described Liverpudlians as "inbred".

The post, which has since been deleted, read: "At one time Liverpool looked outwards to the world and its people reflected that and their accent was derived from many different places.

"But today, Liverpool looks only inwards. The accent that it adopted in the 1950s has not gently merged into the more refined accents of the surrounding areas. The accent of the docks is now a more pronounced accent of the dole queue.

"It is as though the people of Liverpool are telling the world that they are content only to communicate with each other. It is as though Liverpool, as a city, is an ostrich with its head firmly placed under the sand trying desperately to ignore the reality of the world that exists outside it.

"In the same way that gene pools are strengthened by cross fertilisation and are weakened by inbreeding, cities and communities grow strong by accepting external influences and grow weak by ignoring them.

"Liverpool, if not its people, is as a city, today, inbred."

The blog goes on to say: "Brilliant white trainers on more elderly, or indeed middle aged men, give you the appearance of being a gym master.

"You know, that somewhat seedy, stale sweaty look that gym masters, dressed always in elasticated tracksuits which gave them an appearance of having been dipped in plastic, used to affect in the 1970s and 1980s. A slightly creepy look made worse by their insistence on going commando.

"A Jimmy Savile look. A permed hair, shell suit wearing stereo typical Scouser look. Best avoided."

A cached version of the post is still available here.

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