Tuesday February 26 2019
Chelsea fine Kepa for Sarri feud

Chelsea have fined Kepa Arrizabalaga a week’s wages after he disobeyed manager Maurizio Sarri during the EFL Cup Final on Sunday.

Kepa refused Sarri’s calls to be substituted before Chelsea’s penalty shootout against Manchester City and it had been reported that the goalkeeper would avoid punishment.

Nonetheless, the Blues have now decided to take action and the Spaniard has finally apologised for his behaviour at Wembley Stadium.

“I was very happy to play in my first Cup Final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance,” he told the club’s official website.

“I have thought a lot more about yesterday’s events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.

“I wanted to take the time today to apologise fully and in person to the Coach, to Willy [Caballero], my teammates and to the club.

“I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans. I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”

“The former Napoli boss added: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation.

There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.

“He has apologised to me, his teammates and the club. It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.

“The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive Cup Final.

“Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”

Next up for Chelsea is a London derby with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday. 

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