Real Madrid had already wrapped up the La Liga championship when it faced off against Granada this past Saturday, and came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to an own goal in extra time. The loss put Granada at risk of relegation, which obviously didn’t sit well with their players, as did the perceived questionable refereeing, which led to one player chucking a plastic bottle and hitting the ref square in the side of the head.
Naturally this led to the referees being escorted out of the stadium by the police, lest any more Granada players had the bright idea to throw something at the officials, like a set of keys, crowbar or park bench.
While it’s unclear whether the bottle projectile was Powerade or Gatorade, which are both equally delicious and refreshing by the way, the identity of the bottle thrower from the Granada squad isn’t. Dani Benitez, pictured, is the player in question, and no doubt he’ll be facing a rather hefty suspension for his reckless and stupid actions.
Here’s video of the incident…
Players arguing with a referee is common practice among all sports, and while it may not be condoned by sports governing bodies, assaulting officials, whether it be with a fist or an object, crosses the line. Whatever penalty Benitez gets for hitting the unsuspecting ref in the face with a Powerade bottle it won’t be adequate…unless that penalty includes a lifetime ban.
[H/T to Dirty Tackle]