Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been granted an extension to appeal his FA charge for racism, as reported by Sky Sports.
The charge was originally announced on November 4, and Leeds United and Casilla have now been given until November 27 to respond to it.
The charge was for alleged racial comments directed towards Charlton Athletic’s Jonathon Leko during a Sky Bet Championship match back in September.
Following the charge, Casilla “strenuously denied” any wrongdoing, and the club confirmed that they would seek a personal hearing.
As written by Sky Sports, “FA rules state that from the start of this season, anyone found guilty of an aggravated breach of rule E3, which relates to discrimination, faces a mandatory minimum suspension of six matches, which may be increased based on any additional aggravating factors.”
To lose Casilla for six matches would be a huge loss to Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa. The Spanish goalkeeper joined the club from European giants Real Madrid back in January of this year, and despite a shaky start, he has endeared himself to the Elland Road faithful with some impressive performances.
Casilla has played in all 16 of Leeds United’s Sky Bet Championship matches so far this season, helping them to third place in the table, just two points adrift of early leaders West Bromwich Albion.
The Spaniard remains available for selection to Marcelo Bielsa for the foreseeable future, although Leeds are not in action until after the international break, on November 23, when they travel to Luton Town.