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.

Kiko Casilla in action during the game against Charlton

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.

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Referee John Brooks was made aware of the incident after the game, including the claims in his report, which prompted further investigations from the FA.

Charlton themselves released a statement in the immediate aftermath of the meeting at the Valley. It read: "Charlton Athletic can confirm that an allegation of racial abuse directed at Jonathan Leko by an opposing player during Saturday’s game against Leeds United was reported to referee John Brooks."

The FA called in lip-readers and Spanish interpreters in a bid to gather as much evidence as possible and also spoke to both Casilla and Leko.

A Leeds statement has declared: "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."

Casilla's suspension is a major blow for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, and the Whites' promotion hopes.

He won't play again until Barnsley visit Elland Road on April 18.