The FA said the 33-year-old Spaniard Kiko Casilla, who joined Leeds from Real Madrid last year, must also attend face-to-face education after the breach of rule E3 (2) which covers discriminatory abuse
Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was banned for eight matches and fined 60,000 pounds ($77,964.00) on Friday after being found guilty of racist abuse in a Championship match against Charlton Athletic last September.
The FA said the 33-year-old Spaniard, who joined Leeds from Real Madrid last year, must also attend face-to-face education after the breach of rule E3 (2) which covers discriminatory abuse.
Casilla had denied using racially abusive or insulting words. Media reports said the incident involved Charlton forward Jonathan Leko, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but has represented England at various age group levels.
The Spaniard said in a statement on social media that he was "sad and devastated" at being accused and believed firmly that racism should not be tolerated in any walk of life.
Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been given an eight-match ban after he was found to have used racist language towards a Charlton player https://t.co/2M5cuKbrKpFebruary 28, 2020
"I do not feel at all that the guilty verdict is a clear reflection of the incident," he said.
"I am sure that my family, friends, colleagues and the different technical teams who I have been working with for all these years in my professional career know I would never use my words with a racist meaning," he added.
"My respectful behaviour towards my opponents since I started my career has been honest and with the maximum sense of fairplay."
Leeds acknowledged the decision in a statement but observed that the FA panel "have based their decision on the balance of probability rather than proving Kiko to be guilty beyond reasonable doubt."