It was a desperately bad performance that Leeds United fans witnessed as the Whites went down to Charlton Athletic at The Valley. However, the performance wasn’t the worst thing to come out of that game.
That honour went to the accusations against Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla who came out of the game facing accusations that he’d passed an insult tainted with racial overtones at Charlton’s on-loan striker Jonathan Leko. In itself, it is an allegation that Casilla strenuously denies.
The Spanish stopper, who until his transfer to Leeds was on the books of Real Madrid, has until this coming Tuesday, November 12th, to formally respond to charges. It is thought that he will request a personal meeting in which to put forward his defence.
United are flying high in the Sky Bet Championship at the moment and much of that success has been built on the backbone of eight clean sheets from Casilla, who has been ever-present this season for the Whites. It has been a campaign that has also seen him grow in confidence, something that has brought many Leeds fans back onto his side.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) November 9, 2019
This set of accusations and allegations now forms part of a formal FA charge, a charge that Leeds United supremo Angus Kinnear has serious reservations about in one respect. Writing in his programme notes ahead of today’s game against Blackburn, Kinnear draws attention to the burden of proof the FA require for the charge to stick.
Whilst fully supporting the FA in their investigation, Kinnear says that the club’s “only concern” was the “standard of proof” required for the FA hearing. Kinnear points out that what the FA require is proof “on the balance of probability”. This puts them at odds with the “beyond reasonable doubt” burden of proof needed in a UK court – something that Kinnear finds alarming.
In finishing off his notes, Kinnear reiterates that it is not out of a parochial fear of applied sanctions from the FA, rather it is a concern “because a man’s (Casilla’s) reputation is at stake.”