Chelsea confirmed in an official statement of its decision to fine Kepa Arrizabalaga a week’s wage following his refusal to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final loss to Manchester City on Sunday.
The intended replacement, Willy Caballero who was meant to replace the Spanish goalkeeper as a result of his consistent cramp, which had already seen him go down twice in extra time was left in disbelief in the touchline as Arrizabalaga defied Sarri’s attempt to be subbed off. However, Arrizabalaga has personally offered his apologies to the club for his actions.
In a statement on the club’s official website, Kepa said: “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 the time today to apologize 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.”
Chelsea said Kepa’s fine would be donated to the Chelsea Foundation.