Chelsea fine Kepa for Carabao Cup antics

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Chelsea FC have announced that they have fined goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga one week’s wages for his antics in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday which resulted in an outburst by Maurizio Sarri on the sidelines.

The wages which the player has been fined will be donated to the Chelsea Foundation.

Chelsea confirmed the news on Monday night alongside a statement which comprised more reaction from Kepa and Maurizio Sarri who appear to have moved on from the incident.

According to Kepa, he admitted that he was wrong and offered an apology for his action.

Kepa said: “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.

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“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.”

Maurizio Sarri, on his own part, 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. 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. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea return to Premier League action on Wednesday against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

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