Granada defender banned for three months
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Granada's hopes of avoiding relegation on the last day of the season were dealt a blow on Wednesday as winger Dani Benitez was suspended for three months for throwing a bottle at the referee of last weekend's La Liga clash with Real Madrid.

Benitez hurled the bottle at the referee Clos Gomez at the end of the 2-1 defeat by Real and was found guilty of an 'isolated aggressive incident without serious consequences'.

He received the lower end of the possible ban - it could have been six months - because the Spanish Football Federation Committee took into account his public apology delivered on Tuesday.

However, he along with team-mates Moises and Siqueira - who were also suspended for their roles in the incident - will still be missing from their final match of the season where they need a point against fellow relegation battlers Rayo Vallecano to avoid the drop.