Noel Whelan has slammed the Football Association after Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was found guilty of racial abuse over the weekend.
The former Whites forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, criticised both the length of the inquest and the timing of the verdict.
The 33-year-old was banned for eight matches and received a £60,000 fine after being found guilty of racially abusing Charlton forward Jonathan Leko in September by an independent regulatory commission.
Casilla, who strongly denied the charge, will also face undergo education sessions after breaching FA Rule E3.
When asked for his assessment of how the FA have handled the inquest into the incident, Whelan told Football Insider: “I think once again it has been pathetic by the FA.
“I know there is a system they have got to go through but the timing of when they gave it out on the Friday night before a game is shocking behaviour. They could have done it on a Monday but they like to disrupt everything the day before a game. It has been poorly handled.
“It has gone on far too long because this could have been done a month ago, month and a half ago. He could have been coming to the end of his ban but as normal the FA like to do it on the eve of a game. Really poor by the FA. It is completely unprofessional.”
A club statement read: “We would like to make it clear that we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within our football club and we are a leader in the fight against discrimination within our wider community.”
Illan Meslier replaced the suspended goalkeeper for the trip to Hull City, keeping a clean sheet on his Championship debut for United.
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