English Premier League (EPL) club side, Chelsea Football Club has fined its goalkeeper, Kepa Arizabalaga a whooping $190, 000 for refusing to be substituted in Sunday’s EFL Cup final loss to Manchester City.
Although the Spanish-born shot stopper has apologized to fans for his actions which left Blues boss, Maurizio Sarri furious at Wembley, the club said the fine would be donated to the Chelsea Foundation.
In the statement which was posted on Chelsea’s official website, the 24-year-old Kepa said: “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 apologize 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.”
Sarri however insists that the matter has been laid to rest as the club was more focused on their clash with Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday.
Sarri said: “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realizes 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. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”
Both manager and goalkeeper were seen at Cobham on Monday as Chelsea returned to work in preparation for their much anticipated showdown with Spurs which could potentially make or mar their EPL title ambition.