Kiko Casilla takes to social media to respond to FA verdict

28 Feb 2020 08:31 pm, by YorkshireSquare

In light of the news that Kiko Casilla has been handed an eight game ban having been found guilty of breaching FA Rule E3 during Leeds United’s Sky Bet Championship game with Charlton Athletic back in September 2019, the Spanish shot stopper took to social media to respond to the verdict. Posting on Twitter in both Spanish and English Casilla’s statement read…

“I feel truly sad and devastated for being accused of making a supposedly racist comment during last September's match vs Charlton. Firstly I want to express firmly that racism should now be tolerated neither in football, sports nor in any other field in our society.

With respect to the FA, I fully respect and understand the obvious process to be taken to prosecute any accusation of racism. In fact I totally agree with any prosecution in order to eliminate any trace of racism in sport. Nevertheless I would sincerely like to mention that the last five months have been the most difficult ones in my professional career, and I do not feel at all that the guilty verdict is a clear reflection of the incident.

I am sure that my family, friends, colleagues and the different technical teams who I have been working with for all these years in my professional career know that I would NEVER use my words with a racist meaning and my respectful behaviour towards my opponents since I started my career has been honest and with the maximum sense of fair play.

I would like to deeply thank my club, Leeds United, for its support during all this time, and above all, I appreciate the support of our amazing fans every week, whose warmth has strengthened me and made me feel stronger in the difficult moments.”