Kepa Arrizabalaga apologises to Maurizio Sarri - thought he was being substituted because of an injury - Football News (ZW)

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Kepa Arrizabalaga apologises to Maurizio Sarri - thought he was being substituted because of an injury


Kepa Arrizabalaga had become a trending topic in the footballing world after he seemingly defied Chelsea's head coach, Maurizo Sarri, order to come off the pitch for Willy Caballero in the team's Carabao Cup Final loss to Manchester City on Sunday.

However, the 24-year-old goalkeeper came out on Twitter to dispel the belief that he had deliberatelty disrespected the manager, saying he thought Sarri was only taking him off the field because of fears of an injury

Kepa Arrizabalaga's Apology: (translated from Spanish)

"It wasn’t that I was refusing to be substituted," Kepa said after the match, per the Associated Press. "It was a way of trying to tell the bench that I was fine."

"In no moment was it my intention to disobey, or anything like that with the boss," Kepa added.

"Just that it was misunderstood because I had been attended to by the medics twice, and he thought that I wasn’t in condition to continue.

"It was two or three minutes of confusion until the medics got to the bench, and they explained everything well."

Manager Maurizio Sarri's comment on the incident:

"Kepa was right but in the wrong way," Sarri said.

"He was right for the motivation but not for the conduct."

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