After a clear review of what transpired in last weekend’s League Cup final in which ‘rebel’ goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be subbed in the dying minutes of the encounter, Chelsea have slammed a one-week wages fine on the keeper.

The Spanish stopper has since apologised to fans for his actions which left Blues boss Maurizio Sarri furious at Wembley.

And the 24-year-old keeper was fined £190,000 (about N95m) by the club, which was donated to the Chelsea Foundation.

Kepa said in a statement on Chelsea's official website: "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.

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"I will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate."

Blues manager Sarri insisted the matter has been put to bed and Chelsea are focused on their clash with Spurs on Wednesday.

Sarri 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.

It is been suggested that Kepa may be related to the bench for the London derby against Tottenham on Wednesday night.


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