Official: Kepa fined one week wage over disagreement with coach

Chelsea have fined goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga seven days’ wages after his bust-up with Maurizio Sarri at Wembley.

The Spaniard and his Italian boss held talks on Monday over the ‘keeper’s open display of rebellion towards the finish of additional time in the Carabao Cup last on Sunday, which the Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties.

Sarri was left seething on the touchline after Arrizbalaga resisted his attempts to substitute him for Willy Caballero in front of the punishment shootout.

The two men brushed it off as a misunderstanding at full-time yet Arrizabalaga has personally apologized to Sarri, his partners and the club in full affirmation he made “a major mistake”.

His wages will go to philanthropy, and he said: “I have considered yesterday’s events. Despite the fact that there was a misunderstanding, on reflection I committed a major error with how I took care of the situation.

“I needed to take the time today to apologize completely and in person to the mentor, to Willy, my colleagues and to the club. I have done this and now I need to offer the same expression of remorse to the fans.

“I will gain from this episode and will acknowledge any punishment or discipline the club decides is suitable.”

Sarri said: “Kepa and I have spoken about the episode. It was a decent conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday yet he realizes he committed a major error in the manner in which he responded. He has apologized to me, his colleagues and the club.

“It is up to the club on the off chance that they need to discipline him as indicated by the club rules, yet for me this issue is presently closed. The group execution in general was incredibly positive and it is a shame to see how this episode has overshadowed our efforts in what was an exceptionally aggressive container last.

“Everybody’s focus is presently on the following diversion and we must all currently put this behind us.”

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