'They don't believe he's guilty': Exclusive - Paul Robinson makes claim about Leeds & Casilla
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has claimed that Leeds don’t think Kiko Casilla is guilty and has said it’s time for the club to make its position clear after the goalkeeper was banned for eight games for racist abuse.
Leeds supported Casilla through the hearing but haven’t made another statement since the FA released their reasons behind the verdict.
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that while Casilla is still training with the club, he could return to Spain with his Leeds career hanging by a thread.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Do Leeds need to discipline Casilla internally?
“If they believe he’s guilty they do, but they don’t believe he’s guilty.
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“They’re still standing by him, they stand by that it’s a misunderstanding. The club has said that after the verdict.
“It will be interesting to see what they do, whether they punish him internally or just let the ban stand as his punishment. They haven’t appealed. They say the player’s been fined and banned, and they see that as punishment enough.
“Maybe it’s time for Leeds to make their stance clear?”
Leeds backed themselves into a corner over the Casilla case by supporting him so publicly throughout the hearing.
The FA’s written reasons were fairly damning and although they found Casilla guilty on the ‘balance of probability’, it’s hard to see what else you can do without sweeping many allegations of racism under the carpet.
We would like to see Leeds release a statement now after manager Marcelo Bielsa had to admit he didn’t know the club’s position in last week’s press conference.
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