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Paul Robinson has blasted the FA for the way it’s handled the Kiko Casilla hearing, claiming it’s “ridiculous” how long it’s taken to conclude.
The hearing was held by the FA on Wednesday and Thursday last week with the verdict expected on Friday at the latest.
However, despite this, Leeds and Casilla are still waiting for the outcome.
Writing in a Q&A on the Athletic website on Sunday, Phil Hay said, “No comment from Leeds or the FA on this,” said Hay, “but the hearing is finished.”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said the hearing couldn’t have come at a worse time for Casilla or Leeds – after two clean sheets got the club back on track for promotion – and berated the FA for not having dealt with it sooner.
“Confidence is huge when you’re a keeper and especially when things aren’t going your way,” Robinson said.
“The two clean sheets are huge for Casilla and the save he made at the end of the win against Reading will boost his confidence massively.
“On the back of his two clean sheets, his hearing couldn’t have come at a worse time for him. If he’s banned for any length of time it’s going to be a really big blow for him and for Leeds.
“It’s ridiculous how long the FA have dragged it out for. The incident was in September, they should have had the hearing there and then, or as soon as possible afterwards.
“Having it hanging it over the players and the club is not good for anyone.”
BBC journalist Adam Pope was expecting the outcome on Thursday last week. Phil Hay said he thought it would drop on Friday.
It’s all very odd and the only thing that we can think – and it’s pure conjecture – is that the case has divided opinion on the three-man panel.
That it’s not as clearcut as it might have seemed would only seem to strengthen Casilla’s side of events, and the fact that he was relying on lip readers suggests that he is saying the Charlton players misheard.
The verdict could drop on Tuesday but with Leeds facing Middlesbrough on Wednesday, we don’t think it would happen on matchday.
For all parties concerned it needs to happen as soon as possible.
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