Kepa disobeyed Sarri’s orders (Picture: Getty)Kepa Arrizabalaga and Maurizio Sarri have spoken out again about their row during the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.
Chelsea announced they had taken the decision to fine Kepa a week’s wages for disobeying his manager’s instructions to be substituted in extra-time of the Cup final against Manchester City.
Kepa waved away Sarri’s furious protests on the sidelines and went on to represent Chelsea in the penalty shooutout, which the Blues lost 4-3.
Sarri reiterated the incident was a misunderstanding, but revealed Kepa now conceded his behaviour was not acceptable.
He 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.
Sarri was furious with his goalkeeper’s refusal to come off (Picture: AFP)‘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.
(Picture: EPA)‘Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.’
Kepa echoed his managaer’s statement, admitting he made a ‘big mistake’ in how he handled the situation.
‘I was very happy to play in my first Cup Final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance,’ Kepa said.
Kepa has been hit with a fine (Picture: Rex Features)‘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.
‘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.’