Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla slapped with eight-game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko

Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been suspended for eight games and fined £60,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko.

Casilla, 33, has vehemently denied the charge throughout proceedings, but an independent regulatory commission found the breach proven.

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Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casillas has been found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko
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The Spaniard has also been ordered to attend face-to-face education.

Casilla was alleged to have made the discriminatory comments towards the Addicks forward during the fixture on September 28.

A statement from Leeds read: “Leeds United acknowledges that Kiko Casilla has been found guilty of breaching FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship game with Charlton Athletic in September 2019.

“We would like to make it clear that we do not tolerate any form of discrimination within our football club and we are a leader in the fight against discrimination within our wider community.

“However, it is important to recognise that Kiko has always denied making any racist comment.

“The FA panel have based their decision on the balance of probability rather than proving Kiko to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt, which we have always believed is the more appropriate burden of proof.”

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