By Noel Whelan

11th Mar, 2020 | 10:27am

'Really poor from the club...' - Exclusive: Whelan rages at Leeds on Kiko Casilla

Noel Whelan has slammed the Leeds United hierarchy for not releasing a statement after Kiko Casilla’s written reasons were released by the FA.

The former Elland Road forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the club “cannot hide” from the incident.

Casilla was found guilty of racially abusing Charlton loanee Jonathan Leko on September 28 at The Valley.

The FA released the written reasoning for the ban on 3 March. The independent regulatory commission “was satisfied of the evidence in excess of the balance of probabilities”.

The commission was told the N-word was targeted at Leko by Casilla after an altercation at a corner.

However, since the FA published their findings United have yet to release a statement, a position Whelan strongly disagreed with.

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“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.

“They have had plenty of time to put a statement together and it should have come out by now. That is the be-all and end-all of it. They need to come out and give a statement and it should have been done at the weekend.”

Casilla received an eight-match ban and was fined £60,000 for breaching FA Rule E3.

The goalkeeper, who strongly denied the charge, will also undergo education sessions.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider United may use an unorthodox tactic to persuade Ben White to sign permanently.