Noel Whelan believes “the time has come” to “move on” after Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla served his eight-game FA ban due to a racism charge.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed Whites’ boss Marcelo Bielsa is “sticking with” the Spanish stopper.
Casilla told Mundo Deportivo he has a clear conscience following FA racism ban and Whelan admitted he is “glad” the 33-year-old “came out and said his piece.”
“I think the time has come, he’s served his time and everyone’s going to have a difference of opinion,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“There’s nothing there to suggest he’s completely guilty and they’ve got the evidence. It’s a fact finding that he may or may not have.
“They decided that he may have done that, he got his ban and rightly so. I think now we’ve got to move on from this.
“I’m glad he came out and said his piece, I think sometimes you’ve got to, it takes a bit of courage to come out and explain yourself. Rightly or wrongly, he’s done that now and I think Marcelo Bielsa is sticking with him.
“We pride ourselves on the ‘kick racism out of football’ policy at the football club. We don’t know what’s going to happen, he may leave the football club, we don’t know that.
“But what he has done is given his side of the argument and I think now that should be put behind us and move on.”
Casilla was found guilty by an independent regulatory commission in February following allegations which stemmed from comments allegedly made towards Charlton loanee Jonathan Leko.
The incident occurred in Leeds’ game at the Valley last September and the Spaniard was banned for eight games as a result.
Casilla was also handed a £60,000 fine and was told to undergo ‘face to face education’ following the ruling.
He made his first appearance for the club during Leeds’ 3-1 win over Derby County in July.
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