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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Granada winger Benitez banned

Granada winger Dani Benitez has been handed a three-month ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) following an incident at the end of Saturday's Primera Division match with Real Madrid.

The game, which saw Jose Mourinho's men score twice in the last nine minutes to snatch a 2-1 comeback win, ended in ugly scenes with Granada players confronting referee Carlos Clos Gomez and during that incident the official was struck by a plastic bottle seen to be thrown by the substituted Benitez.

The 25-year-old apologised for his actions following the match but he was today handed a three-month suspension by the RFEF under article 99.1, which relates to an aggression against match officials.

The RFEF's competitions committee also handed out several other punishments to Granada following the match.

Defender Siqueira and midfielder Moises Hurtado were both given four-match bans after being shown red cards following the late melee while Inaki Garcia and David Navarro - members of Granada's coaching and backroom staff - have been suspended for four and two games, respectively.

Granada are still fighting to avoid relegation from the Primera Division heading into this weekend's final round of fixtures, where they will play fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano.

Granada are currently in 15th spot on 42 points, two above 17th-placed Rayo and 18th-placed Real Zaragoza.

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