“Justified”?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In “Refusing” To Come Off

"Justified"?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In "Refusing" To Come Off - EOnlineGH.Com

KEPA Arrizabalaga had EVERY right to refuse to come off in the Carabao Cup Final – at least according to the Laws of football.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was left seething at what appeared to be outright insubordination by the Spanish keeper when he ignored plans to substitute him for No 2 keeper Willy Caballero.

"Justified"?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In "Refusing" To Come Off - EOnlineGH.Com

Sarri attempted to downplay the incident following Manchester City’s penalty shoot-out win, suggesting it was all down to a “misunderstanding”.

Some fans wondered whether referee Jon Moss should have intervened to force Kepaoff as Chelsea had requested a hold-up in play to make the planned change.

Equally, there were questions over whether the referee could make mention of the incident to the FA in his official match report.

But Fifa Law 3.3, covering substitutions, makes clear there is nothing Moss can do – and nothing, strictly, that Kepa did wrong.

"Justified"?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In "Refusing" To Come Off - EOnlineGH.Com
Chelsea boss oss Maurizio Sarri was furious at Wembley when Kepa would not go off but later claimed it was a misunderstanding over the keeper’s injury

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa angrily refuses to being called off the pitch during the Carabao Cup Final

The Law states: “If a player who is to be replaced refuses to leave, play continues.”

The letter of the Law may have been on Kepa’s side but plenty of Chelsea fans were infuriated by his behaviour.

Nevertheless, it seems the Spaniard will keep his place in goal for Wednesday’s derby clash with Spurs, even if Sarri’s authority looks to have been undermined yet further.

"Justified"?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In "Refusing" To Come Off - EOnlineGH.Com
Kepa failed to save Chelsea from a Carabao Cup final shootout defeat against Manchester City – and himself from a mauling by fans and pundits

"Justified"?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In "Refusing" To Come Off - EOnlineGH.Com
Chelsea No2 keeper Willy Caballero warmed up and was poised to go on for the Wembley penalty shootout – only for Kepa to refuse to come off
"Justified"?-Chelsea Goalee Kepa Arizabalaga Did No Wrong In "Refusing" To Come Off - EOnlineGH.Com
Maurizio Sarri and assistant chief Gianfranco Zola were left stunned by Kepa

Source:thesun.co.uk

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