English Premiership

We shall not be moved: Five football stand-offs

2019-02-25 09:36
Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga

London - After Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to be substituted in Sunday's League Cup final, here we look at five other infamous in-game refusals:

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Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez was accused by Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini of refusing to come on as a substitute for Manchester City in their Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011. The Argentine international striker blamed the incident on a "misunderstanding", the same word used by Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri for Kepa's antics on Sunday. Tevez was eventually exiled by the club for five months before returning to play a major role in City's run to the Premier League title.

Lukasz Fabianski

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was hurt against Tottenham in 2017 after colliding with Vincent Janssen and coach Paul Clement told reserve Kristoffer Nordfeldt to get ready. Fabianski refused to come off when his number went up in the 86th minute and Clement eventually turned to the fourth official to cancel the change. However, Fabianski let in three goals in the final minutes, turning a 1-0 lead into a 3-1 defeat.

Nikola Kalinic

Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from last year's World Cup after coach Zlatko Dalic said he had refused to come on as a substitute against Nigeria. Dalic said Kalinic had claimed he was not fit to play, but that was not good enough for the manager who took the country to the final where they lost to France. The 31-year-old Kalinic, capped 41 times, has not played for the national team since.

Mark Mayambela

Locally in the PSL Mayambela was hauled off shortly before half-time in a Telkom Knockout defeat to Orlando Pirates after angrily gesturing towards Eric Tinkler, who was barking orders at him from the sideline. The 31-year-old responded by heading straight down the tunnel, although he returned to the bench in the second half.

Thamsanqa Gabuza

Perhaps the most infamous on-field bust-up in SA football happened when the Orlando Pirates striker flung his shirt at his own fans before storming off the pitch. After having a hand in a goal Gabuza, in celebration, angrily flung his shirt into the crowd before walking down the tunnel. The 31-year-old angrily motioned to fans, copying their calls for a substitution motion, before disappearing into the changing room.

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