West Brom winger Johnathan Leko acknowledges that despite not having received any sort of apology from the Leeds team, he is glad to put behind him the racial violence he endured at the hands of Leeds Spanish goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
The accident took place on September 28 of last year, when Leko was on loan at Charlton. Casilla dealt him with severe racial ause. Yet, it took the former Real Madrid shot-stopper five months to be hit with an eight-match ban.
“I’m really pleased now that’s done,” the 21-year-old told Sky Sports. “I was frustrated at the time that it took me so long to get dealt with. That also made me look guilty that no one listened to me or ever treated me seriously.”
At the time, Leko indeed claimed he was unsure he would be “prepared to go through it all over again” if a similar incident occurred in the future. Since then, however, he has had productive talks with the PFA – even though Leeds has not yet reached out:
“Now I have changed my stance and will be asking people to report every accident. I had a conversation with the PFA and they hope they will step up the procedure and encourage staff to respond, if it happens again.
“I have had a lot of support-from Charlton in particular. I wasn’t having anything from Leeds United side. It shocks me a little because I figured I’d get some sort of explanation, but I think they’ve got to protect their player.
“And now it’s over and I want to move on. I don’t want to talk to him about it. No, I don’t want to.”