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Chelsea fine Kepa Arrizabalaga for snubbing Sarri’s order

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Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined after refusing to come off for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.


The 24-year-old was playing in his first competitive final for the Blues against Manchester City at Wembley when he hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

With just minutes to go at the end of extra time, Maurizio Sarri prepared Willy Caballero to come on as substitute.

The youngster had just gone down with cramp, and it appeared that he was unable to continue.

However, he refused to come off despite being told to do so by Sarri and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, while David Luiz had to come over and talk to him.
Kepa was seen gesturing at the bench and waving his finger, as he defied his boss’s wishes.

Sarri was incensed by the move, and slammed a water bottle on his seat before storming down the tunnel.

He turned around again, but didn’t calm down and continued shouting at the goalkeeper.

Chelsea went on to lose the penalty shootout 4-3, as Raheem Sterling hammered the deciding spot kick into the top corner.
Afterwards, Sarri insisted that the incident was simply a misunderstanding, and played down the meaning of Kepa’s actions.

But late on Monday, it was announced by the club that he had been fined a week’s wages.

In response, Kepa apologised whilst admitting he made a mistake.

“I was very happy to play in my first Cup Final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance,” he said in a statement.
“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.”

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PFA team of the year: Pogba included, Hazard absent on list

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has been named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Pogba was the only non-Liverpool or Manchester City player to make the PFA Team of the Year.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard misses out in a side which is dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City players.

The team is set to be revealed on Thursday and is voted for by players in the Premier League.

Four Liverpool players have made the cut, including Virgil van Dijk, who has won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year ahead of Raheem Sterling.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second successive season, while Bernardo Silva is also included after his brilliant season for the Premier League champions.

Hazard misses out for the second year running, despite being on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

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Hazard to earn £400,000 weekly in Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard will be offered £400,000-a-week to join Real Madrid this summer and a new house, the UK Sun reports.

The Belgian superstar is ready to quit Chelsea and has his heart set on a move to Spain.

Zinedine Zidane is back in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu and is planning to overhaul his squad after this season.

Hazard is top of his wish list and Zidane is also said to want Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

For Hazard, Madrid will sweeten the deal, by throwing in a luxury property and help with his relocation costs.

Chelsea won’t stand in the player’s way, but expect the LaLiga giants to get near their £95million valuation, even though Hazard’s contract expires in summer 2020.

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Why Chelsea was unable to defeat Burnley – David Luiz

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Chelsea’s central defender, David Luiz has explained why his side drew 2-2 with Burnley on Monday night.

Luiz said Burnley refused to play the game and adopted time wasting techniques.

Mourizio Sarri’s men missed the chance to go to third position in the Premier League on Monday.

Jeff Hendrick had given the visitors a shock lead with a sensational volley from outside the area.

But N’Golo Kante scored an almost instant equaliser after good work from Eden Hazard on the left.

Gonzalo Higuain then put Chelsea into the lead with a well-taken strike from the angle, but Ashley Barnes stunned the home fans after sliding the Clarets level after a well-worked set piece.

Chelsea pushed hard for a late winner, but Sean Dyche’s side were well organised and defended their box masterfully to take a point which surely guarantees their safety from relegation.

Luiz told Sky Sports, “We tried everything to win the game. It’s difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn’t want to play the game.

“It’s anti-football. Losing time [time wasting] all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.

“They were playing 11 inside the box. It’s difficult to score against a team like that.”

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