The 24-year-old refused to be substituted in the Carabao Cup final where City claimed a 4-3 win to retain the Cup.
Kepa disrespected his boss, Maurizio Sarri, who attempted to replace him with reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero ahead of the penalty shootout at Wembley – causing a huge delay to the match that made Sarri overreact due to anger as he stormed down the tunnel before returning to the touchline shortly afterwards.
However, the Spain international noted that it was his first Cup final for the Blues and was over powered by emotion and zeal to secure the trophy for Chelsea.
He told the club website;
“I was very happy to play in my first Cup Final for Chelsea yesterday and very proud of the team performance. I have thought a lot more about yesterday’s events. Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation.”
He went further to apologize to Sarri, Willy, team-mates and of course the club and fans saying;
“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.”
And Sarri added;
“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 money will be donated to the Chelsea Foundation.