LONDON: Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined a week’s wages and apologised for refusing to be substituted during Sunday’s League Cup Final defeat by Manchester City.
The Spaniard, who refused to be replaced by Willy Caballero at Wembley, said: “Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.”
Manager Maurizio Sarri, who was humiliated by succumbing to his goalkeeper’s defiance, also said the incident had been “a misunderstanding”.
He added: “Kepa realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted.
“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.
“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.”
Kepa, the club’s record £71m signing, said: “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.”
The club will donate Kepa’s fine to the Chelsea Foundation.