By Noel Whelan

1st Mar, 2020 | 8:00am

'It's madness' - Exclusive: Noel Whelan reacts as Leeds dealt 'Big blow'

Noel Whelan has torn into the length of time the Football Association have taken to charge Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla after their inquest into his behaviour.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says it is “madness” that a verdict has been reached five months after the incident in question took place.

The Spaniard has been found guilty of an aggravated breach of using abusive language, with a reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin in the Whites’ clash with Charlton back in September.

Whelan says it is a “big blow” that the eight-game ban has come at this stage of the season but has criticised time it has taken to reach a decision.

Asked his thoughts on how long the case has taken, Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s madness, it really is.

“Especially now, when you come to this stage of the season, it’s come at a really bad time because he has improved, he has made some good saves in the past three games.

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“He’s looked a little bit like himself and it’s a big blow that the ban comes now. I don’t think it will be too damaging but it’s not going to be ideal.” 

Casilla had been a mainstay in the starting XI this season, lining up in every single Championship game before his suspension.

He was replaced by Illan Meslier on Saturday, the Frenchman helping the club to a 4-0 win over Hull City on what was his league debut.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown has been left head over heels for one attacker having a “great season”.