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It was a tough Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, as the game ended in a stalemate even after extra time. Towards the end of extra time, a bizarre incident happened as Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri decided to sub off Kepa Arrizabalaga for former Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero. However, Kepa refused to leave the pitch much to the frustration of the manager.

Kepa refused to leave the pitch, and after a period of confusion, referee Jon Moss confronted Sarri, and the Chelsea boss reluctantly let the Spaniard remain on the pitch while Caballero returned to the bench.

After the game, as the Chelsea players made their way out of Wembley, one fan was keen to shake the hands of every player, but the fan snubbed Kepa after the goalkeeper stretched his hands to shake him.


In the video, taken by Times journalist Henry Winter, the fan was seen shaking the hands of every chelsea player who came down the stairs, before he withdrew his hand from Kepa. The supporter then went back to acknowledging N’Golo Kante, David Luiz and the man Kepa refused to let replace him, Willy Caballero.

Sarri, meanwhile, played down the incident after the game and insists a delay in information he received from Chelsea’s team doctor caused the confusion.

“I understood there was a problem and we needed a change, then I realised the situation only when the doctor arrived to the bench after 4 minutes, so it was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said.

“I understood that the goalkeeper had cramp, so for me he was unable to go to the penalties. But the problem was not a cramp, so he was able to go to the penalties.

On his decision to nearly walk down the tunnel, the Chelsea boss added: “I needed only to return to be quiet. As I said the goalkeeper understood that I asked a change, for his physical problem, and he said that I haven’t a physical problem, so he was right I think.”

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