A sports centre in Granada has come under fire after it emerged that three women were banned from using the swimming pool because they were wearing burkinis.

The three women were asked to leave the municipal pool in the neighbourhood of La Chana last month reportedly after other swimmers complained.

The United Left (IU) party has called for an investigation into the incident and called for the council to penalize the management of the sports centre for imposing the "illegal and unjust ban".

"Xenophobia led to an attack on the rights of the women," Francisco Puentedura, the spokesman of the IU for the Granada City Council told reporters on Tuesday.

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