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Chelsea Punishes Kepa For Refusing To Be Substituted During The Carabao Cup Final Loss To Manchester City

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According to reports, Chelsea Football Club has fined their first choice goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, one week’s wages, after he refused to be substituted during Chelsea’s loss to Manchester city at the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.

At 90 about the 90th minute, the Manager tried to substitute Kepa after he suffered a cramp injury. However, Kepa refused to make way for Willy Caballero who was already waiting on the touch line to replace him.

The two men held talks on Monday over the keeper’s public display of defiance towards the end of extra-time of the match, which the Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties.

Both men brushed it off as a misunderstanding at full-time, but Arrizabalaga has personally apologised to Sarri, his team-mates and the club in full acknowledgement he made “a big mistake”.[AdSense-A]

His wages will go to charity, and he said:

“I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”

Sarri said:

“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 team-mates 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.”

 
 
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