A fresh update has emerged in the case concerning Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla, with the FA reportedly revealing they’re still unable to provide a timeframe for his hearing.
The Leeds goalkeeper is awaiting a disciplinary hearing after he was charged with using racially abusive language against Jonathan Leko in a game against Charlton Athletic in September.
The Spaniard “strenuously denies the allegation” and is awaiting the next step in the process, a disciplinary hearing.
Under rules that were introduced at the start of the season, if he is found guilty, it is understood Casilla will face at least a six-match suspension, which may be suspended if there are additional aggravating factors.
It was reported back in November that the Yorkshire club had submitted all their evidence to the FA ahead of the disciplinary.
A fresh update has emerged regarding the case, with Graham Smyth from the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that the FA say they cannot give a timeframe for the hearing.
Casilla arrived at Elland Road in January 2019 and has become an integral part of Marcelo Bielsa’s first team, starting almost every game since he joined the club.
The only other goalkeeper in Bielsa’s squad is teenager Illan Meslier, who made his debut against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday.
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There is absolutely no place for racism in the modern game and if Casilla is found guilty in the disciplinary hearing, he must serve the appropriate punishment.
It will undoubtedly be a blow to lose the experienced shot-stopper but Meslier’s performance against Arsenal will likely have given Leeds fans some hope.
Obviously, the most important thing is that the FA deal with the issue as thoroughly as possible and ensure the right decisions is made but it must be frustrating for both the club and its fans that they have been unable to provide a timeframe as the case continues to hang over them.