By Mark Smith

12th Nov, 2019 | 1:11pm

MOT View: Two key consequences for Leeds of FA extension over Casilla charge

Leeds United and Kiko Casilla have been granted an extension by the FA over the charge of using racist language in a recent Championship game against Charlton.

The deadline for a response from Casilla had been set for today but Sky Sports has now reported that an extension has been granted until November 27.

That’s important for two reasons.

Firstly, it leaves Casilla free to play the next two league games, against Luton (November 23) and Reading (November 26).

Secondly, given that Casilla has denied the accusations strenuously and we’ve heard nothing to say that stance has changed, it will push any appeal further down the road, almost certainly until after the January transfer window opens.

That would give Leeds the opportunity to sign a goalkeeper on loan, with current stand-in Illan Meslier having no senior experience above the French second division.

A Yorkshire Evening Post report claims that the extension has been granted so that Leeds and Casilla can properly assess all evidence.

However, given that the case is likely to come down to the word (and possibly the intent) of Casilla and interviews given by Charlton duo Jonathan Leko and Macauley Bonne, it would seem more likely that this is a push for time from Leeds.

If Casilla is found guilty he will serve a minimum six-game ban and this could be a lot longer. A Daily Mail report had previously claimed that he was set to be hit with a lengthy ban between eight and 12 games.

If that is the case, Leeds would surely need to dip into the transfer market – even if they trust Meslier, Leeds would need an experienced back-up.

Our thinking is that Meslier will stay the stand-in, though, and that Leeds will look to sign a new, albeit temporary, number one.

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