Bielsa defends Casilla

The goalkeeper was the captain of Leeds against Hull City and the decision caused controversy on social networks. "Those who judge Kiko ignore things that his teammates do see in him," said the coach.


Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa defended Kiko Casilla as team captain, despite accusations of racism last season.

Casilla was the starting goalkeeper and captain in the League Cup elimination against Hull City and even took a penalty in the final shootout.

Last season the 33-year-old goalkeeper was suspended for eight games and fined £ 60,000 (€ 66,000) for insulting Charlton Athletic player Jonathan Leko.

The match against Hull City was Casilla's second since that incident.

"I have interpreted what his teammates thought. They believe he deserves to be the captain and we have to listen to them," said Bielsa, responding to criticism on social networks for the decision to give the captain's armband to the ex-Madridista.

"I respect the opinion of any person, but opinions can also be discussed. Surely those who judge Kiko are ignorant of many things that his colleagues do see in him. The opinion of the masses must always be heard, but I don't know what percentage of They are fans, "replied the Argentine coach.

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