Chelsea gave a brave performance in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. After a 6-0 drubbing against the same side a few weeks ago, Chelsea took the game to the Citizens but ultimately fell short in the penalty shootout. But all the talk after the match was about the incident that happened during the closing stages of the extra time. In an incredible turn of events, Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to obey manager Maurizio Sarri’s order for him to be substituted for Willy Caballero.
Kepa was heavily criticised by former players and pundits for the apparent show of insubordination. Now, days after the match, Chelsea have fined Arrizabalaga a week’s wages for refusing to be substituted during Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City. The club will donate Kepa’s fine to the Chelsea Foundation. The Spaniard has also given out a statement where he has apologized for his actions in the final.
“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,” Kepa said in a statement.
“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.
“I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”
Kepa saved a penalty from Leroy Sane during the shootout but he could not stop Chelsea from losing the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City. The topsy-turvy match ended goalless but City thrived 4-3 on penalties.
Kepa was Chelsea’s record signing in the summer when the club paid Atletico Bilbao £71m for his services. But his reaction during the match left his manager furious on the touchline. Sarri was visibly infuriated and had to be controlled by defender Antonio Rudiger when extra time had ended.