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Paul Robinson has said that the fines and punishment meted out to racism in football can be “pathetic” and that it needs to change.
Robinson was talking after Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla conducted a controversial interview where he maintained his innocence, despite being found guilty of racist abuse against Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
Casilla was banned for eight games but Robinson believes that it’s a completely insignificant punishment and said football has to get tougher on those found guilty of racism.
In the interview, which prompted a backlash from Leeds fans, Casilla said, “They never proved that I said anything. I have a clear conscience because I did nothing wrong. [Mundo Deportivo]
Casilla is one of the biggest earners in the Leeds squad.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “It’s a subject that’s very close to a lot of people in football at the moment.
“Football’s making a big stand against racism and it’s fantastic and it’s long overdue, it’s been needed for a long time.
“Casilla’s punishment and fine was very insignificant. I think fines and punishments for racism generally are insignificant, in fact at times they’re pathetic.
“Hopefully, we’re in an era now where things are going to change and these sorts of things are going to be addressed.
“In Casilla’s case I think the ban was insignificant, the fine was insignificant. A lot more needs to be done to take a stance against that.”
The Casilla case has been the one blot on an otherwise perfect season for Leeds.
Leeds have so far resisted any calls for internal discipline and as it stands Casilla is still looking to play for the club in the Premier League.
While it’s caused a division among fans, more believe that he should have played his last game for the club.
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