Leeds goalkeeper Casilla handed ban by the FA after racist abuse charge proven

Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been handed an eight-match ban by the FA after allegations he used discriminatory, racist language towards Jonathan Leko were found to be proven.

English football's governing body have been investigating the Spanish 'keeper since an incident which occurred in Charlton's 1-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa's side in September.

Casilla was alleged to have racially abused Charlton's on-loan forward during the encounter.

The FA have now confirmed that the charge against him has been proven, and Casilla has also been hit with a £60,000 fine and ordered to attend a face-to-face education course.

He will immediately be unavailable for Marcelo Bielsa's men.

An FA statement declared: "Kiko Casilla has been suspended for eight matches with immediate effect, fined £60,000 and must attend face-to-face education after a breach of FA Rule E3(2) was found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission

"The Leeds United Goalkeeper denied using abusive and/or insulting words, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1) and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they made reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin, towards a Charlton Athletic player during an EFL Championship fixture on Saturday 28 September 2019.

"The independent Regulatory Commission’s written reasons will be published on the week commencing Monday 2 March 2020."

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