Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has spoken out about being banned by the FA for racially abusing Jonathan Leko this season.
Casilla, 33, was found to have used the N-word towards Leko when Leeds played Charlton at The Valley back in September.
It wasn’t until February when the FA hit Casilla with an eight-match ban after an investigation showed that the Spanish goalkeeper claimed he had never heard of the N-word after West Brom’s Leko accused him of using the racist language towards him.
Casilla was played once by Marcelo Bielsa after his ban ended when he was named to start against Derby earlier this month – a decision that was criticised by many Leeds fans.
The ex-Real Madrid goalkeeper has now discussed the whole affair once again and still maintains his innocence.
“They never proved that I said anything,” Casilla told Mundo Deportivo. “I have a clear conscience because I did nothing wrong but I am somewhere else, perhaps more helpless than if I were in Spain.
“I am surprised that six months passed until the sanction. If they had had something clear they would have imposed me the penalty from the first moment.
When asked if he thought he was misunderstood in the incident, Casilla added: “Clearly. And it was not pleasant to go to some stadiums and hear that they call you anything but handsome.
“There are things that I didn’t even want to understand. It hurt me all that but it cannot be changed.
“Now, I am clear that I will not accept those charges because I neither insulted nor am a racist.”
We have no sympathy for Casilla at all.
Leko, a young, 21-year-old footballer, was racially abused while playing for Charlton last year and Casilla has the cheek to come out and say that it wasn’t pleasant for him to hear some of the abuse that was aimed at him from fans.
Casilla was lucky to have just been hit with an eight-match ban and was even luckier that Bielsa opted to hand him an appearance against Derby.
Not only has the goalkeeper had en error-prone spell at Elland Road, but he has also made headlines for the wrong reasons and brought a bad light down on the club.
In the real world, people would have been sacked for doing what Casilla did.
Yet he’s still at Elland Road, earning £30,000-a-week [Daily Mail] and seemingly still has a place in Bielsa’s plans ahead of a season in the Premier League.
Leko, on the other hand, has had a season where he was racially abused by a fellow professional and had a season-ending injury that cut his loan spell at Charlton short.
How dare Casilla act as though he’s a victim in this.
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