THIS Has NEVER Happened On A Football Pitch Before
We all have seen some crazy and weird moments on a football pitch. For example, Zinedine Zidane head-butting people, others kicking rivals in the face, fans running in and attacking footballers, but what happened during the English League Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City has never been seen before.
The football world was shocked when Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to get subbed. With scores 0-0 at the end of the extra time, both the English teams readied themselves for a penalty shootout. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wanted to sub Kepa off for Willy Caballero, but Kepa won’t have any of it.
Kepa Refuses to come off
He refused the manager’s orders and even screamed ‘NO’ repeatedly at him. Eventually, one had to give in and that was the London side’s coach. Manchester City went on to win the 4-3 on penalties.
Sarri says all of this was a misunderstanding.
Maurizio Sarri says the Kepa substitution confusion was 'a big misunderstanding' because he thought the player had cramp. However he says Kepa was right that he could continue although the way he went about it was wrong. Sarri says he needs to talk to Kepa now. #CHEMCI
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 24, 2019
Kepa’s attitude has had people infuriated. Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton called the goalkeeper ‘a disgrace’ and said that he should not play for the club ever again.
Former England and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said that the incident shows Sarri has lost the plot and that his players don’t respect him quite a lot. He also criticized Sarri, who walked down the tunnel after the shootout, saying that he should have been there with his players supporting them.
Social Media users have all sorts of reactions too
Sarri: your getting subsituted!
— chiggy☔️ (@ChiggaTn) February 25, 2019
Kepa when Sarri told him to get off pic.twitter.com/pospXgELrH
— Goku (@Zennon_zen) February 25, 2019
Chelsea’s season has been ordinary considering the standards the team has set. They are sixth in the Barclays Premier League table and with no champions league football for them this year, it seems like the blue side of London will have a trophyless 2018-19.
This only hints at one thing; Sarri does not have much time left at Chelsea.
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