BREAKING: Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla banned for racially abusing Jonathan Leko
BREAKING: Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla banned for racially abusing Jonathan Leko
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BREAKING: Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla banned for racially abusing Jonathan Leko

Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been banned for eight games and fined £60,000 for racist comments made to Charlton winger Jonathan Leko.

Casilla was charged by the FA in November under rule E3 but the Spaniard " denied the allegation, according to a Leeds statement then.

The keeper has however been found guilty racially abusing 20-year-old Leko and must attend face-to-face education.

This will be a blow to Leeds who are second in the Championship with the keeper having featured in all 35 of their Championship matches so far this season.

The club who are chasing promotion to the Premier League will now be without their goalkeeper until the final three games of the campaign.

FA Statement in Full

"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."