Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined for acting like a spoilt kid in an under-8 game,his one week’s wages will be off after his bust-up with Maurizio Sarri during the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
Though Kepa is lucky that his contract was not torn up after openly defying his manager, Maurizio Sarri, and refusing to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
The row started when Kepa refused to be substituted after suffering a cramp injury. Willy Caballero was already waiting on the touch line to replace him. Sarri, could be seen at the touch line angrily reacting before Kepa made way for the tunnel and even smashed a water bottle on the ground.
Which manager has any real authority at Chelsea given the way the club is run by Roman Abramovich, Eleven managers have come on and gone on his watch and in recent times, it has been very clear that a truculent and difficult dressing room has the power to get rid of any boss the players do not like.
Talk where held on Monday over the keeper’s public display of defiance towards the end of extra-time of the match, which the Blues lost to Manchester City on penalties.
Though,Both men brushed it off as a misunderstanding at full-time, 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 will learn from this episode and will accept any punishment or discipline the club decides is appropriate.”
Already, attempts are being made at Chelsea to muddy the water over this, presumably because hard-nosed economics suggest Chelsea need their costly but temperamental No.1 for a crucial run-in. And, inevitably, some have used the incident to suggest that Sarri’s lack of authority over his squad was laid bare for all to see
If Sarri goes, you could reasonably argue that the current group will have cost three managers their jobs, remembering the fall-outs with Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.