Chelsea keeper Kepa fined £190,000 for refusing to be substituted in EFL Cup final

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CHELSEA have fined rebel goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wages after he refused to be subbed in the Carabao Cup final.

The Spanish stopper apologised to fans for his actions which left Blues boss Maurizio Sarri furious at Wembley.

Kepa refused to be substituted when Sarri said he had to come off

And the 24-year-old keeper was fined £190,000 by the club, which was donated to the Chelsea Foundation.

Kepa said in a statement on Chelsea’s official website: “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.

Kepa made it clear he felt he did not need to come off
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“I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”

Blues manager Sarri insisted the matter has been put to bed and Chelsea are focused on their clash with Spurs on Wednesday.

Sarri said: “‘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.

Caballero was left flummoxed as Sarri raged during the incredible scenes
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“He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club.

“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.

“Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”

SunSport revealed that Sarri laid into Kepa in the dressing room after Sunday’s loss to Manchester City at Wembley.

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Both manager and goalkeeper were at Cobham on Monday as Chelsea returned to work in preparation for their Tottenham showdown.

SunSport understands that Kepa stayed at the training base an hour longer than most team-mates to complete his recovery work in the pool.

Sarri was seen taking training in the sunshine with the players who didn’t start Sunday’s final as they worked indoors on their recovery.

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