Speaking to Football Insider, former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has blasted the Whites’ silence on the racism ban surrounding goalkeeper Kiko Casilla – with the club’s hierarchy still yet to release a statement.
Casilla, who was banned for eight games and fined £60,000 for racially abusing West Bromwich Albion winger Jonathan Leko at the Valley back in September 2019 (BBC), has since released an apology on social media – with the Spaniard also having to undergo a face-to-face education session as a result of his actions. Statements surrounding the incident have been released by Leko and the PFA, but Leeds United are still yet to release any kind of explanation.
Taking this into account, ex-Whites forward Noel Whelan has blasted his former club over how they have reacted to the incident, stating that it is ‘really poor‘ how Leeds are still yet to publish a statement. “Really poor from the club,” he told Football Insider.
“They should come out and put something out regarding the findings. That is really disappointing from the football club that they have stayed quiet about that because the club deserves to put something out there for people to chew on. That is down to the club, there will have their own reasons.
“The fact it was not in the programme or anything from the club is really bad of the football club. You have to be open about these sorts of things you cannot hide behind it.”
Indeed, while there could be some statement made in the future, Whelan appears correct in his verdict that there should have been some response to the Casilla incident from his club by now – especially given the seriousness of the incident.
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