A tweet posted by Leeds United on Friday morning has highlighted that there is still a big split among the fanbase surrounding Kiko Casilla.
Casilla was banned for eight games last season after he was found guilty of racist abuse in a Championship game against Charlton.
Many fans expected him to leave this summer after losing his spot in the starting XI to Illan Meslier.
However, Casilla has stayed at Leeds and remains the back-up keeper to Meslier.
On the back of the Premier League’s new No Room For Racism initiative – which featured Kalvin Phillips in a new campaign video – Leeds sent a tweet out on Friday morning.
✅ Challenge it.
✅ Report it.
✅ Change it.#NoRoomForRacism
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 16, 2020
However, the responses to the tweet showed that fans are split over Casilla remaining at the club.
One fan said that it was “bad taste putting out these messages whilst having made absolutely no comment on Casilla’s offence other than a short statement acknowledging the charge.”
He makes a very good point, irrespective of your view on the subject.
Leeds have remained tight-lipped about the Casilla case since he was found guilty and that surprised MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson, who said the club should have done more.
Quite bad taste putting out these messages whilst having made absolutely no comment on Casilla’s offence other than a short statement acknowledging the charge.
— J🏆🥇 (@J_lufc_3) October 16, 2020
He wasn’t the only fan to make a point about Casilla staying at the club following the tweet.
Why is casilla still at the club then?
— liamb373 (@TalkfootballP) October 16, 2020
— Sam (@SamBirdyy) October 16, 2020
No room for racism anywhere…unless we're top of the league with 15 games to go and have yet to field our backup keeper, so until a ban for racism is announced we'll continue to play our first choice gk who was accused of racist abuse 6 months ago and we said nothing 👍🏻
— The Mystic Fuffoon 🤍💛💙 (@fuffoon) October 16, 2020
However, there were as many comments from Leeds fans who think that the club did nothing wrong with the Casilla issue.
These comments "from a club thay employ Kiko" like the board turned around and said "eyup Kiko, Charlton game coming up fire some comments out" they're professionals ffs and he's pretty much not featured since, bore off with the comments
— Josh Holden (@JoshuaHolden93) October 16, 2020
Most sane people agree no room in football or anywhere for racism.
Re Kiko . Despite the charge he has always denied it, and i think Bielsa/club would not by, if they felt Kiko had deliberately called the opposition player a racist name with intent.
A few fans chasing likes
— Zac Berrycloth (@ZBerrycloth) October 16, 2020
Thankfully, the big majority of Leeds supporters all queued up to criticise one moronic comment, with a fan saying she “will not buy a season ticket when & if stadiums reopen until they stop kneeling and clenching fists for a Markist [sic] Revolutionary Organisation.”
I for one, being a LUFC supporter for 50yrs, will not buy a season ticket when & if statiums reopen until they stop kneeling and clenching fists for a Markist Revolutionary Organisation.
— Dotty V & Free (@Dorothy97638586) October 16, 2020
The response from Leeds fans was refreshing to see.
If you cannot distinguish the difference between the movement, and the actual political party then I can’t help you Dorothy.
So good riddance.
— Ryan Milton (@rmilton87) October 16, 2020
Good don't come back then
— 🎃🎃 FizzyBones👻👻 (@Healeask) October 16, 2020
Bye then. Football will be richer without you.
— AndyRH 🥇🏆🥇 (@Champions19_20) October 16, 2020
We’re in the camp that would have liked to see Casilla leave this summer.
Racism in football is a real problem and once a player has been found guilty of racist abuse, we think it’s on the club to take internal action.
We’re sad that hasn’t happened in this case.
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