Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilia has been banned for eight matches for using racist language towards Charlton loan player Jonathan Leko during the September 28th game at The Valley. A FA panel found that Casilia used the n-word.
Casilia denied abusing Leko but was found guilty on the balance of probabilities after a five month investigation and a two day hearing last week. He was also fined £60,000 and ordered to take a course educating him about racial sensitivities.
Leeds United have issued a statement saying that they do not believe that Casilia should have been banned unless the offence had been decided on a higher level of proof, i.e, guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
The FA's sanctions for incidents of this kind are still more lenient than those used by Fifa and Uefa who issue minimum ten game bans for those who racially abuse other players on the pitch.
Casilia will be available for the last game of the season when Charlton play Leeds away which could be a key game for both clubs.