Riera banned for Rafa remarks

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Liverpool winger Albert Riera has been suspended by the club for his outspoken attack on manager Rafael Benitez and the club.

The Spain international has been disciplined by Benitez and told not to return to the Merseysiders' Melwood training ground until Monday, Press Association Sport understands.

Riera launched a critical broadside at Benitez, claiming he did not speak to him, and described Liverpool as a "sinking ship".

Benitez is believed to be fuming about the timing of the interview, which was broadcast less than 24 hours before the club's Europa League last-16 second leg at home to Lille on Thursday night, and has taken swift action to discipline the player.

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