Leeds goalkeeper charged with using 'abusive language of a racist nature'

Leeds United's Kiko Casilla has been charged with using 'abusive language of a racist nature'

The Football Association has charged Leeds goalkeeper Kiko Casilla with using ‘abusive language of a racist nature’ towards a Charlton Athletic player.

Casilla is alleged to have made discriminatory comments towards Jonathan Leko when Leeds played Charlton at the Valley on September 28.

In a statement, the FA wrote: “Kiko Casilla has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.

“It is alleged that, contrary to Rule E3(1), the Leeds United goalkeeper used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Charlton Athletic player during an EFL Championship fixture on 28 September 2019.

“It is further alleged that the words constitute an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in Rule E3(2), as they made reference to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.

“Kiko Casilla has until 12 November 2019 to provide a response.”

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Leeds have since tweeted in response, saying: “Leeds United Football Club acknowledges the charge from the FA today relating to Kiko Casilla and an alleged breach of FA Rule E3 during our Sky Bet Championship match with Charlton Athletic at The Valley in September.

“Kiko strenuously denies the allegation and has proactively worked with the FA during their investigation to date.

“The next step of this process will be a personal hearing, in the meantime Kiko will remain available for selection.”

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