'I find it incredible...' - Leeds Exclusive: Danny Mills reacts to FA Casilla report
Danny Mills criticised the FA for the “incredible” timing of the announcement that Kiko Casilla was found guilty of racial abuse for Leeds United in late September.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed it felt like a “deliberate attempt to disrupt things” by the governing body.
The 33-year-old was banned for eight matches and received a £60,000 fine after being found guilty by an independent regulatory commission of racially abusing Charlton forward Jonathan Leko on September 28.
Casilla, who strongly denied the charge, will also undergo education sessions after breaching FA Rule E3.
Illan Meslier replaced the suspended goalkeeper for the trip to Hull City, keeping a clean sheet on his Championship debut for United.
When asked for his assessment of how the FA handled the inquest, Mills told Football Insider: “I think the fact they announced it on Friday evening before a round of fixtures is poor.
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“The verdict is the verdict, that is what it is. But the timing, Friday night? That is poor from the FA. You either announce it on Thursday or wait until Monday. It feels like a deliberate attempt to disrupt things. I find it incredible that they wait until Friday evening.
“Clearly Leeds did not know because Casilla was on the bus going to the game! The timing of that is poor.”
A close look at the written reasons behind Kiko Casilla’s racism ban:
– received extra two games for denying knowing the ‘n’ word
– verdict criticises his evidence and some given by other Leeds employees
– Leko/Bonne considered “trustworthy and reliable”https://t.co/WoQmRhYXiE
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 4, 2020
The FA released their written reasoning for the ban on Tuesday night. The independent regulatory commission finding it “was satisfied of the evidence in excess of the balance of probabilities”.
The commission, which compromised of Graeme McPherson, Marvin Robinson and Stuart Ripley, was told the N-word was targeted at Leko by Casilla after an altercation at a corner.
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he is certain who is spearheading the attack against Huddersfield on Saturday.