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Leeds stopper Kiko Casilla handed eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Charlton’s Jonathan Leko

LEEDS UNITED star Kiko Casilla has been suspended for eight matches and fined £60,000 following racism charge.

The goalkeeper, 33, has been found guilty of racially abusing Charlton forward Jonathan Leko - which he still denies.

A club statement said: "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.

"Casilla has been banned for 8 games following the verdict from the FA.

"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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