Phil Hay has suggested that Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla will be facing a six-game ban, with the Spaniard set to go before the FA next week over an alleged racist comment directed at Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko.
Leeds and their first-choice goalkeeper have had this hanging over them for a number of months now, with the clash with Charlton coming all the way back in September, when Casilla allegedly made the remark toward Leko.
Additionally, the respected Leeds reporter confirmed that he is expecting Casilla to receive the standard six-game ban, with Macauley Bonne backing up Leko’s claims.
“It looks like the hearing will take place next week and it will be quite a complicated affair with people from various clubs attending,” Hay told his own podcast.
“Casilla still denies the charges completely and will do at the hearing.
“Because there is support for [Jonathan] Leko’s claim from Macauley Bonne who is standing behind him and saying ‘yes he was racially abused’ it is likely that Casilla will get banned and if he is he’s looking at a minimum six-game ban.
“I’ve said before that I think it will be a six-game ban and that would take him out for a large chunk of the season.
“Because Leeds have been bracing themselves for a ban, that tells you it’s highly likely he’s going to get one.”
Whilst this charge has been hanging over Casilla, his form has peaked and then dipped, with recent outings underlining his issues.
He’s been beaten at the near post with shots against Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, whilst his command of his area has also come under scrutiny.
And, everything came to a head on Tuesday night, as he allowed a back pass to slip under his foot at Brentford, which gifted the game’s opening goal to Said Benrahma.
Leeds rallied to pick up a point at Griffin Park and now entertain Bristol City tomorrow, with Casilla expected to continue in goal.
Casilla looks like he will be handed a ban for this alleged incident, with things seemingly stacking up against him, despite the goalkeeper pleading his innocence.
It is clear to see that this – or something else entirely – has been weighing him down over the last six weeks, but it would be unfair to say any sort of suspension would be good for him at the moment.
What you can say is that Marcelo Bielsa is backing Casilla massively at this moment in time, and you expect that will continue to be the case with the Spaniard, who has started every game in the Championship this season.
But, the opinion of most would be that when this is all over with, it’ll be far easier for all parties to move on.
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