There is no specific timeline for the FA’s case involving Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, despite all the information having now been submitted, according to BBC Sport’s Adam Pope.
The Spaniard has been charged with breaching FA rule E3 for allegedly making reference to Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko’s “race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin” when Leeds faced the Addicks at the Valley in September.
Casilla “strenuously denies the allegation” and now awaits a personal hearing.
Pope has provided an update on the progress of the case and revealed that though all the information is now with the FA there is no timeline for the case.
According to the FA if found proven as a first offence by a Regulatory Commission he will receive a mandatory minimum suspension of at least six matches. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) December 2, 2019
The FA introduced new rules at the start of the season, which mean that if a player is found guilty of an aggravated breach of their discriminatory rules they will face at least a six-game ban, which can be extended depending on additional factors.
Those rules mean that Leeds may be facing an extended period without their first-choice goalkeeper.
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Casilla joined from Real Madrid in January and has been a mainstay in the first team since.
With Bailey Peacock-Farrell having joined Burnley in the summer, it appears that 19-year-old Lorient loanee Illan Meslier will be the man to step up for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
There is absolutely no place for racism in the game, so if Casilla is found guilty he must serve the appropriate punishment.
Leeds are flying at the moment and moved to the top of the Championship on Saturday but the potential ban for their Spanish shot-stopper is certainly hanging over them.
There is going to be a lot of pressure on Meslier if he has to step up, as the French teenager has not featured for the Whites first-team since joining in the summer.