Chelsea football club has fine goalkeeper kepa Arrizabalaga a week’s wages for his refusal to come off the pitch during Sunday’s carabao cup final against Manchester City at Wembly.
Kepa who received treatment twice on the pitch during extra time angrily waved away Maurizio Sarri’s attempts to substitute him, which left the Italian enraged on the touch line. Both men however tried to play down the incident claiming it was a misunderstanding, however, in a follow up statement, Kepa admitted he made a big mistake by refusing to be substituted and said he was will accept any punishment from the club. Below is his full statement;
“I was very happy to play in my first cup final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance. 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 time today to apologize fully and in person to the coach, Willy, 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.”
Kepa is however expected to keep his place for the visit of Tottenham hotspurs to Stanford Bridge on Wednesday.