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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has revealed Kepa Arrizabalaga’s apology has been accepted by the Chelsea players.

Kepa shocked the football world when he defied Maurizio Sarri’s orders during the Carabao Cup final defeat over Manchester City. The Italian manager decided to bring in Willy Caballero as he noticed the Chelsea number one struggling with an injury.

But despite repeated attempts, Kepa refused to come out and went on to play the whole match. This action drew massive ire from both the supporters and the club authority.

The Blues hierarchy fined him a week’s wage and also the Spanish keeper offered an unconditional apology. He was dropped subsequently from the Tottenham Hotspur game but returned to the lineup in the 2-1 win against Fulham.

Loftus-Cheek said, “The boss obviously wanted to show he demands respect from his players and he obviously put in Willy [Caballero] for the Tottenham game,

“Kepa was honest with us and he apologised to all of us the day after the final and we all accepted that apology.

“I think there was a misunderstanding involved in it but he apologised to us and we accepted it. I think it’s very important to move on quickly from that.”


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