Saturday, 29 February 2020 09:40

Former Real Madrid Goal Keeper and Present Leeds Keeper - Kiko Casilla; handed eight-match ban for racism act

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The FA have handed Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla an eight-match ban that will be applied with immediate effect, following an investigation into alleged racist comments made to Charlton Athletic's Jonathan Leko in September.

Following a lengthy investigation, the Spaniard has been found guily.

"Leeds United acknowledge that Kiko Casilla has been found guilty of breaching FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship game with Charlton Athletic in September 2019," a statement from the club started.

"Casilla has been banned for eight 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."

The independent regulatory commission's explanation will be published in the coming week.

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