'Is eight games enough?' - Keith Andrews delivers verdict after Leeds ace Casilla hit with ban
Keith Andrews is adamant that the FA need to clamp down on proven cases of racism in English football after Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was banned on Friday.
Casilla, 33, has been hit with an eight-match suspension and fined £60,000 after he was charged with using racist language towards Jonathan Leko in September while the West Brom attacker was on loan at Charlton.
Illan Meslier started in goals against Hull on Saturday with Casilla now unavailable until the final three matches of the regular Championship campaign.
The FA are yet to release their findings about the incident and until that happens, ex-Wst Brom midfielder Andrews has avoided saying too much about the Casilla case.
However he is adamant that those who are guilty need to be severely punished.
“We don’t know the ins and outs of this so it’s a case of ‘he said this and I’ll deny it’, it’s very difficult to prove that,” said Andrews on Sky Sports Main Event on Saturday ahead of Leeds versus Hull.
“The overall picture is, we’re trying to make strides in this area – are we doing that as quickly as we should be? Probably not.
“But if somebody is found guilty of using racist terminology then they have to throw the book at them.
“And if he has been, is eight games enough?”
As Andrews said, until we know the full details, no one can really say anything.
It does seem as though Casilla is going to accept the charge though and that means Meslier will be in goals for the next seven matches, provided he avoids injury or a suspension of his own.
It is hard but some Leeds fans need to forget about the off-field politics and the conspiracy theories and get on with supporting the team on the pitch and the manager on the sidelines.
In other Leeds United news, Andy Couzens has shared his conspiracy theory about Casilla’s ban.