Lots of Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media, after BBC Sport broadcaster Adam Pope shared an update into Kiko Casilla’s hearing with the Football Association over racism allegations.
The FA began an investigation back in October to look into claims that Casilla racially discriminated Charlton Athletic forward Jonathan Leko during the Addicks’ 1-0 win in September.
Pope understands the official hearing began on Wednesday, February 19, and the one-time Spain international could learn his fate as soon as Thursday.
The 33-year-old will rely on evidence and testimonies from former and current teammates at the hearing with a three-man FA commission, including an in-person appearance from former on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and as many as six current United players.
What are you expecting from the hearing?
If found guilty, Casilla faces a minimum six-game ban, though can be increased up to 12 matches under FA rules introduced for the 2019/20 season.
Here are some of the messages shared after Pope noted that Casilla could learn the verdict of the FA hearing as early as Thursday…
Finally get closure. 3 months with that hanging over your head cannot be fun, some handle it better than others, think back to Bowyer/Woodgate trial. Bowyer was brilliant, Woody couldn’t handle it.
— SeaninRoundhay ⚫ (@seaninroundhay) February 19, 2020
This is going to end badly best of luck to the lad . Efl have got to be seen to do something so hands their are tired even if he didn’t say a word. Hopefully he stands his ground
— Don Smith (@munch59) February 19, 2020
So Mesiler start on Saturday then, we all know the FA/EFL have dragged it out to try & find something to hit Kiko with & try & do maximum damage to our club just like they did for Spygate. I’m sure if he truly is a racist,then team mates would be the 1st to call him out on it.
— Steven Dodgson (@haribododgson) February 19, 2020
About time maybe this the reason why he’s looked a little unreliable as of late
— Ross Shetliffe (@RShetliffe) February 19, 2020
Let’s hope that gets cleared as it clearly is affecting him
— Albert (@Albertlufc) February 19, 2020
Any Leeds fan who actually wants him banned, despite his dreadful school boy errors need to give their head a massive shake!
— WeAllLoveLeeds (@AllLoveLeeds) February 19, 2020
Whatever the outcome, Meslier should play on Saturday even if it is just to allow Casilla to recover from a traumatic week after winning his appeal.
— Bielsa Bubb 💙💛 (@bellhouse_mike) February 19, 2020
Should have had an outcome 3 months ago. It doesn’t take 3 months of investigation if there is enough evidence to ban him. Had lip readers, translators, statements etc and it’s still dragged on. He’ll likely get a ban that would have been served already had it been done before
— Matthew Brault (@MattyBrault) February 19, 2020
Maybe having this hanging over him has affected his performances, if he is found not guilty then I’m hoping for a renewed Kiko. If banned then I have absolute faith in Meisler and wouldn’t be disappointed.
— stuart (@stusvoronos79) February 19, 2020
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