Casilla facing FA investigation for racial abuse
Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is facing an FA investigation over allegations that he racially abused Jonathan Leko in the Championship game on Saturday. [The Sun]
The incident was reported to referee John Brooks who included it in his post-match report.
We’re presuming that this is what Macauley Bonne was alluding to after the game, as quoted by Phil Hay. At the time, Charlton manager Lee Bowyer said he wasn’t aware of what Bonne was talking about.
Strange comment from Macauley Bonne. He was asked if he thought Leeds were a "fair team." Said yes but then added that there was something which happened today "which I won't mention" and which will come out later.
Bowyer says he doesn't know what Bonne is referring too.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 28, 2019
We would like to think that Casilla has done nothing wrong and that the probe will find him completely innocent.
However, we have to face the possibility that there is something in the charges and if he is found guilty, he will face a lengthy ban.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri was given a six-game ban after being found guilty of using racist language in a pre-season friendly last year.
That would be a huge blow for Leeds and it will mean relying on either new summer signing Illan Meslier, Will Huffer or Kamil Miazek. Miazek was used on the bench against Charlton, freeing up a loan spot for Jack Clarke on the bench.
Of the three, only Huffer has any first-team experience at Leeds, although Meslier has impressed with the Under-23s.
But this isn’t just about the impact it has on Leeds. Racism has no place in football and it certainly has no place at Leeds. There are no excuses. If he is found guilty then Leeds must move to discipline the player internally too.
Players, no-matter who they play for, must be free to play football without fear of racism from either fans or other players.
This is one we’re going to watch unfold through our fingers.