West Brom winger Johnathan Leko acknowledges he is glad to put behind him the racial violence he endured while in contact with Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
“I’m really pleased now that’s done,” the 21-year-old told. “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.”
The incident took place on September 28 of last year, when Leko was on loan at Charlton. It took the former Real Madrid shot-stopper, who racially abused Leko, five months to be hit with an eight-match ban.
But he claims he still has not got any sort of apology from the Spaniard’s team:
“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.”
At the time, Leko claimed he was unsure he would be “prepared to go through it all over again” if a similar incident occurred in the future, but since then he has had productive talks with the PFA – even though Leeds has not yet reached out:
“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.
“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.”