Chelsea are not planning to punish Kepa Arrizabalaga for refusing to be subbed vs Man City

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

Maurizio Sarri's tenure as Chelsea manager went from bad to worse on Sunday.

Not only did the Italian lose the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City on penalties, but he was humiliated by his own goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa went down injured in the closing stages of extra-time and so Sarri prepared to bring on Willy Caballero for the impending penalty shoot-out.

But when the board went up showing Kepa's number, the Spaniard refused to leave the pitch and gestured to the sidelines that he wanted to stay on.

Sarri responded by ordering him to come off the pitch - even David Luiz told Kepa to respect the manager's decision - but he said no.

In the end, Kepa stayed on and Chelsea lost on penalties.

Both men have since insisted the incident was nothing more than a "misunderstanding", but the simple fact is that Kepa disobeyed and disrespected Sarri, which is unacceptable.

Indeed, a lot of Chelsea fans believe the 24-year-old should be dropped for Wednesday's game against Tottenham in the Premier League.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

Technically he didn't break any rules by refusing to be substituted and now the Evening Standard claim Chelsea have made an immediate decision.

Chelsea are not planning to punish or fine Kepa for his behaviour and a club source claims both the goalkeeper and Sarri are happy to put the altercation behind them.

Whether that's the right decision is up for debate, but Chelsea can expect some backlash for completely letting Kepa off the hook after going against his manager's wishes.

It just goes to show how much power football players have at clubs nowadays, though Luiz claims the power is still with Sarri in the dressing room.

Chelsea v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final

"No, the coach has the power over the group, he has our respect," said the Brazilian in his post-match interview. "For me there is not a problem here for that.

"We all believe in his philosophy, we all believe in the way he wants us to play. That's why we did a great game against the best team in Europe at the moment.

"It was a misunderstanding and we all want to do what is best for Chelsea."

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