Panathinaikos keeper Luke Steele unhappy with Greek football ban

Luke Steele
Luke Steele signed a two-year contract with Panathinaikos last summer

The decision to suspend professional football in Greece is "ridiculous", according to former Manchester United and Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele.

The Greek government announced an "indefinite" ban after violence at Sunday's Super League match between Steele's Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.

But it was later announced the ban would be for one week.

"Don't be so ridiculous suspending any matches," Steele, who moved to Greece last summer, tweetedexternal-link on Wednesday.

Panathinaikos v Olympiakos
There was a pitch invasion at the end of the Athens derby last weekend

Steele helped Panathinaikos win the Athens derby 2-1.

Panathinaikos fans welcomed the visitors with a barrage of flares, while Olympiakos president Vangelis Marinakis was targeted with objects.

"Nails, rocks, bottles...this felt like the bombardment of Iraq," Marinakis said after the game.

The government took action in a bid to crack down on football violence.

Luke Steele

The suspension also follows a brawl between club officials at a board meeting on Tuesday.

But Steele, whose former clubs also include Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion, does not believe a ban will solve the problem in Greece.

"It's total nonsense and won't solve a thing," he added on Twitter. "The heart and effort from all players is the key."

Panathinaikos v Olympiakos
The Greek league has already been suspended twice this season because of football-related violence.
Panathinaikos v Olympiakos
Following Greek league rules, no Olympiakos fans attended last weekend's match
Panathinaikos v Olympiakos
Panathinaikos were due to play away against Atromitos on Sunday 1 March
Panathinaikos v Olympiakos
Olympiakos are top of the Greek league, three points ahead of Panathinaikos

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