Kepa to be fined a week’s wage for defiant behaviour

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Kepa Arrizabalaga

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined a week’s wages following his reactions towards coach Maurizio Sarri’s order to come off on substitution during their Carabao Cup final clash with Man City at Wembley on Sunday.

Although the Spaniard and his Italian boss held talks on Monday over the scenario as a misunderstanding and Arrizabalaga apologised to Sarri, his team-mates and the club in generality it will cost him his whole week wages.

“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, my team-mates and to the club. I have done this and now I want to offer the same apology to the fans.

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

Meanwhile, Sarri has admitted action is left in the hands of the club “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.

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“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.” He sadi.

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