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Kepa fined by Chelsea for Cup Final antics

Kepa appeared to refuse to leave the field of play late on in the cup final. Credit: PA

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has been fined one week's wages and admitted he made a "big mistake" after refusing to be substituted during Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

Kepa, who twice required treatment in extra-time at Wembley, waved away a substitution before Manchester City won the shootout and lifted the trophy.

Kepa and Blues manager Maurizio Sarri insisted it was a misunderstanding, but the club announced the 24-year-old would be fined one week's wages, which would be donated to the Chelsea Foundation.

The Blues confirmed the news late on Monday night with a statement which included further reaction from Kepa and Sarri who both want to move on from the incident.

Kepa admitted he had handled the situation poorly and apologised after remaining on the field when Sarri was attempting to send on Willy Caballero as a replacement.

"I have thought a lot more about yesterday's events," said Kepa, who broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper when he joined the Blues in August.

"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."

Sarri said: "Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation.

"There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realises he made a big mistake in the way he reacted. He has apologised to me, his team-mates and the club.

"It is up to the club if they want to discipline him according to the club rules, but for me this matter is now closed.

"The team performance as a whole was extremely positive and it is a shame to see how this incident has overshadowed our efforts in what was a very competitive cup final. Everyone's focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us."

Carabao Cup quarter-final draw: Arsenal to host Spurs

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Arsenal and Tottenham will go head-to-head in a festive north London derby in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The Gunners and Spurs have been paired together after their respective fourth-round wins over Blackpool and West Ham.

They will meet at the Emirates in the week commencing December 17, just over two weeks after their Premier League battle at the same venue.

It will be a tie that both sides might have been keen to avoid as they both aim to get their hands on silverware.

Unai Emery is looking to get his Gunners tenure off to the best possible start while Mauricio Pochettino is still waiting for his first trophy at Spurs.

The two rivals last met in this competition in 2015, when Arsenal ran out 2-1 winners.

Chelsea's reward for seeing off Derby, managed by one of their most decorated players Frank Lampard, is a home tie with Bournemouth.

Middlesbrough beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday and were handed a home game with League One Burton and a significant chance of progressing to the semi-final.

Reigning champions Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday and the winner will face either Leicester or Southampton.

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Big screen graphic for VAR reviews at Wembley

Fans at Sunday's Carabao Cup final will be told if the video assistant referee (VAR) is reviewing a decision by a graphic on the Big Screen. Credit: PA

Fans at Sunday's Carabao Cup final will be told if the video assistant referee (VAR) is reviewing a decision by a graphic on Wembley's electronic screens, the English Football League has confirmed.

The simple message will say 'VAR Review', and would have been used during the competition's semi-finals but there were no long reviews in those games.

The match between Arsenal and Manchester City will be English football's biggest game yet to use video review, and one of the main criticisms so far has been that supporters at matches are not aware of what is happening when play stops for a review.

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