Leeds United have now submitted all their evidence to the Football Association in relation to Kiko Casilla’s disciplinary case, Football Insider has learned.
The Spanish goalkeeper had been granted an extension over his FA racism charge until 27 November amid fears he could be suspended for up to 12 matches.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club handed over all their evidence to the governing body yesterday.
There is hope among the United hierarchy that Casilla will not face a lengthy ban.
The 33-year-old keeper has denied an FA charge of an alleged racial slur at Charlton’s Jonathan Leko but FA rules state anyone found guilty of an aggravated breach faces a mandatory minimum suspension of six matches, which may be increased based on any additional aggravating factors.
As reported by Football Insider, summer loan signing Ilan Meslier is in line to take over from the ex-Real Madrid keeper Casilla if he is handed a suspension.
Leeds have thrown their full support both publicly and privately behind Casilla, who has played such an integral role in the team’s fine start to the Championship campaign.
The experienced Spanish keeper has been instrumental in Leeds having comfortably the best defensive record in the Championship this season.
He has conceded just nine goals from the club’s 16 league matches this season, four less than his closest second-tier rivals at Brentford and Nottingham Forest.
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