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  • By Paul Lagan

It's all fine for Kepa (well a week's wage's fine in fact)

Kepa Photo by Paul Lagan

Chelsea has fined Kepa Arrizabalaga a week's wages.

It was believed that the misunderstanding between the goalkeeper and head coach Maurizio Sarri was at an end.

But the Blues decided that action against the 24-year-old was required after all following his non-substitution at Wembley on Sunday. And they decided to back their under fire Italian boss.

Kepa said: "I was very happy to play in my first Cup Final for Chelsea on Sunday and very proud of the team performance. I have thought a lot more about the 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." Sarri said: "Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation. There was a misunderstanding 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.’"

The club will donate the one week’s wages and donate it its Chelsea Foundation.

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