Football club owner Steve Gibson’s chauffeur mistakenly sent the tycoon’s wife a text calling her ‘f*** nuts’ – and was dismissed for it.
Mr Gibson’s chauffeur of four years Gerry Glover, 53, also said Polly Gibson was ‘taking the p***’ when she asked him for a lift, before quickly saying sorry.
He claimed he was talking about his dog in the messages and they were intended for his wife.
But Mrs Gibson replied saying ‘I think the damage is done’ before sending Mr Glover’s texts to her husband in 2019, an employment tribunal heard.
Mr Gibson – the chairman and owner of Middlesbrough Football Club – replied to the forwarded message from his wife with a simple thumbs-up.
Mr Glover was made redundant from his £30,000-per-year job shortly after.
A judge has branded the redundancy excuse a ‘sham’, ruling Mr Glover was unfairly dismissed over the ‘f*** nuts’ text.
Football club owner Steve Gibson’s chauffeur mistakenly sent the tycoon’s wife (right, with her husband) a text calling her ‘f*** nuts’
Mr Gibson (pictured) hired a replacement chauffeur after telling Mr Glover a driver was no longer necessary
The incident happened just days before the couple’s wedding – and Mr Glover lost his job when the Gibsons came back from their honeymoon, The Sun reports.
Mr Gibson hired a replacement chauffeur after telling Mr Glover a driver was no longer necessary.
Judge Andrea Pitt said Mr Glover’s redundancy was a ‘sham’.
She said he was unfairly dismissed and the actual reason he lost his job was the ‘f*** nuts’ message to Mrs Gibson.
How much compensation Mr Glover is owned will be decided on later.
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