Chelsea goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga has apologized to Chelsea fans, the club, his teammates and the coach following his bust-up with coach Maurizio Sarri at Wembley during the final of the Carabao cup against Manchester City.
Sarri was seen angry on the touchline after Arrizbalaga refused to be substituted by the coach for another keeper, Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout.
Both parties had a spat during the match which Chelsea eventually lost on penalties, but Arrizabalaga has personally apologised to Sarri, his team-mates and the club in full acknowledgement he made “a big mistake”.
His wages will go to charity, and he said: “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.”
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. 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.”