Exclusive: Leeds hopes rise over Casilla after key developments
Leeds United are increasingly hopeful Kiko Casilla will not be hit with a lengthy ban by the Football Association, Football Insider understands.
The governing body are set to make a decision over the goalkeeper next week after further developments this week.
As revealed by Football Insider yesterday, Leeds have now submitted all their evidence to the FA in relation to Casilla’s disciplinary case after he was granted an extension over his FA racism charge until 27 November.
It has been reported that the Spaniard, 33, will be suspended for up to 12 matches for an alleged racial slur at Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are not expecting a ban of anywhere near that length after handing over documentation to officials.
Casilla has denied the racism charge 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.
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The former Real Madrid goalkeeper has continued to play for Leeds while the charge, relating to the 1-0 defeat at Charlton back in September, hangs over him.
He has had an outstanding season for Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion hopefuls, who are third in the Championship and just two points behind leaders West Brom.
He has conceded just nine goals from Leeds’ 16 league matches this season, four less than his closest second-tier rivals at Brentford and Nottingham Forest.
As reported by Football Insider, summer loan signing Ilan Meslier is in line to take over from Casilla if he is handed a suspension.
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