By Craig Scott

22nd May, 2020 | 10:17am

Leko surprised by Leeds stance after Casilla race storm, says what has changed since PFA talks

West Brom attacker Jonathan Leko is surprised that he has not been contacted by anyone at Leeds United since Kiko Casilla was found to have racially abused him back in September.

Casilla, 33, was hit with an eight-match ban by the FA in February due to the incident that took place when Leko, 21, was on loan at Charlton in the first half of the season.

After Casilla was handed his ban, Leko spoke out to say that he wasn’t sure if he’d ever report racism again due to the way the FA handled the case.

However he has now backtracked on that, admitted that what he said back then was down to how annoyed he was about the FA’s process.

“I’m just glad it’s over now,” Leko told Sky Sports.

“At the time, I was annoyed how long it took to get dealt with. That probably made me feel bad because nobody was listening to me or taking me seriously.

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“Now I’ve changed my stance and would tell people to report any incident. I had a meeting with the PFA and they say if it happens again, they can speed up the process and get people to help.”

Charlton have supported Leko well since the Casilla race storm but the Baggies youngster has revealed he is still yet to hear anything from Leeds and Casilla.

However, based on his comments, it doesn’t seem as though he wants to hear anything.

“I’ve had lots of support – especially from Charlton. I’ve had nothing from the Leeds United side. It surprises me a little bit as I thought I would get some sort of an apology, but I guess they have to back their player.

“It’s done now and I want to move on. I don’t want to talk it over with him. No – I don’t want to do that.”

Leko has every right to feel as though he is owed an apology but it has been months since the case was resolved by the FA and any apology now would be pointless.

Casilla is adamant he did nothing wrong and Leeds are clearly standing by their player.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Casilla once his ban is over and once the season ends.

Will Illan Meslier remain as Marcelo Bielsa’s number one, even once Casilla is available? And will Leeds sell the former Real Madrid shot-stopper once the transfer window re-opens?

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has named the transfer speculation that fans should be keeping an eye on.