Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined one week’s earnings for his refusal to be replaced during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final lost to Manchester City, the club has affirmed.
Chelsea head mentor Maurizio Sarri was left angry on the Wembley touchline when Kepa, having twice gotten treatment on the pitch during additional time, furiously waved away the Italian’s endeavor to supplant him with Willy Caballero.
The two men played down the incident as a “misconception” after the match, however, in a subsequent articulation on the Chelsea site, Kepa conceded he made “a major error” by opposing Sarri’s desires and included that he will acknowledge the discipline.
“I was cheerful to play in my first cup final for Chelsea yesterday and extremely glad for the team performance,” Kepa said. “I have pondered yesterday’s occasions. In spite of the fact that there was a misconception, on reflection, I committed a major error with how I took care of the circumstance.
“I needed to take the time today to apologize completely and face to face to the mentor, to Willy, my fellow players and to the club. I have done this and now I need to offer a similar statement of regret to the fans. I will gain from this scene and will acknowledge any discipline or order the club chooses is suitable.”
Sources have told that Kepa is relied upon to keep his place in Chelsea’s beginning XI for the visit of Tottenham to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday, and Sarri was quick to draw a line under the scene.
“Kepa and I have spoken about the episode. It was a decent discussion,” Sarri said in Chelsea’s announcement. “There was a misconception yesterday yet he understands he committed a major error in the manner in which he responded. He has apologized to me, his partners and the club.
“It is up to the club in the event that they need to train him as indicated by the club rules, yet for me, this issue is presently shut. The team performance, in general, was amazingly positive and it is a disgrace to see how this incident has dominated our efforts in what was a competitive final.
“Everybody’s concentration is presently on the next match and we should all currently put this behind us.”
Chelsea illuminated that Kepa’s fine will be given to the club’s foundation.