Leeds United’s one-time Spain international goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3. This charge is an “aggravated breach” as they allegedly make reference to race/colour/ethnicity.
#LUFC acknowledges the charge from the FA today relating to Kiko Casilla and an alleged breach of FA Rule E3— Leeds United (@LUFC) November 4, 2019
The charges relate to allegations regarding comments made during the game against Charlton Athletic on 28th September 2019.
The FA statements reads: “It is alleged that, contrary to Rule E3(1), the Leeds United goalkeeper used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Charlton Athletic player during an EFL Championship fixture on 28 September 2019.
“It is further alleged that the words constitute an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they made reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”
The minimum ban for Casilla if he is found guilty would be six matches - although there have been earlier media reports that Casilla’s ban could be eight to twelve matches.
Casilla has until November 12 (next Tuesday) to respond. Leeds say he "strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during the investigation to date." He will request a personal hearing.— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 4, 2019
Leeds United have stood by the player as he denies the allegations. The club’s statement read as follows: “Leeds United Football Club acknowledges the charge from the FA today relating to Kiko Casilla and an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship match with Charlton Athletic at The Valley in September.
“Kiko strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during their investigation to date.
“The next step of this process will be a personal hearing, in the meantime Kiko will remain available for selection.”
Until we get a verdict, there isn’t a great deal more to say. Kiko Casilla has until 12th November to respond to the charge.