Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizbalaga has been fined a week’s wages after refusing to come off as a substitute during the Carabao Cup final.
Maurizio Sarri had readied Willy Caballero on the sidelines to replace Kepa at the tail end of extra-time. Kepa had been struggling with what appeared to be cramp, with Caballero having a good track record in penalty shootouts. The Spaniard was having none of it.
In a sensational turn of events, Kepa flat-out refused to leave the field of play, which infuriated Sarri and led to him threatening to storm down the tunnel. Our manager had to be restrained by his players as they should have been preparing for the crucial shootout.
There have been calls for both the player and manager to be disciplined in wake of the incident, and though Sarri has earned himself a stay of execution following our positive performance against Manchester City, Kepa has not dodged the bullet.
Chelsea reported on the club’s official website that Kepa has been fined a week’s wages, with the money being donated to the club’s foundation. We’re sure that he will survive without his enormous pay packet for one week. The money will go to a good cause.