Kepa Arrizabalaga: Chelsea goalkeeper fined for Wembley incident

Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for a club list £71m in August 2018

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined a week’s wages and apologised for refusing to be substituted at some stage in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup closing defeat by Manchester Metropolis on Sunday.

The Spaniard refused to be replaced by Willy Caballero at Wembley.

“Even despite the truth that there become a misunderstanding, in retrospect, I made a generous mistake with how I handled the scenario,” Kepa acknowledged in a Chelsea assertion.

Manager Maurizio Sarri acknowledged he and Kepa had since had “a simply conversation”.

Sarri, who reacted angrily when Kepa refused to fade the self-discipline in direction of the quit of time beyond law, furthermore acknowledged the incident had been “a misunderstanding”.

However he added: “Kepa realises he made a generous mistake in the formulation he reacted.

“He has apologised to me, his group-mates and the club. It is as a lot as the club in the occasion that they wish to self-discipline him per the club guidelines, but for me this topic is now closed.

“The group efficiency as a full become extraordinarily obvious and it’s far a shame to explore how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what become a truly aggressive cup closing.”

Kepa, the club’s list £71m signing, defied Sarri’s try to substitute him for Caballero before Manchester Metropolis acquired on penalties. The Italian looked furious and walked down the tunnel before mercurial returning.

The 24-twelve months-archaic feeble Athletic Bilbao player acknowledged: “I desired to determine out the time this day to apologise entirely and in particular person to the coach, to Willy, my group-mates and to the club.

“I in truth appreciate achieved this and now I desire to produce the identical apology to the followers. I could learn from this episode and can simply nonetheless receive any punishment or self-discipline the club decides is applicable.”

The club will donate Kepa’s beautiful to the Chelsea Basis.

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