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Premier League suspend pre-match handshake between Chelsea and QPR at Stamford Bridge

Updated: Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 23:11 | Comments

Anton Ferdinand is likely to line out for QPR at the weekend
Anton Ferdinand is likely to line out for QPR at the weekend

The Premier League have suspended the pre-match handshake at Sunday's game between Chelsea and QPR due to the legal situation involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

Ferdinand's lawyers had advised him not to shake Terry's hand - the first time the pair would have met in a Barclays Premier League match since the Chelsea captain was accused of racially abusing the QPR player in October.

After taking legal advice, the Premier League have now decided to suspend the handshake convention.

A Premier League statement released to Press Association Sport read: "The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent.

"In all normal circumstances it must be observed.

"However, after discussions with both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand the decision has been taken to suspend the handshake convention for Sunday's match."

Mark Hughes was due to hold a meeting with QPR's players on Friday morning to discuss whether to snub Terry's handshake before Sunday's match against Chelsea.

Sunday's west London derby at Stamford Bridge is the first time that Ferdinand and Terry have met in a Barclays Premier League game since the Chelsea captain was accused of racially abusing the QPR defender in October's reverse fixture.

Terry was charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence in December last year following the game, but the former England captain denies the charge and has vowed to fight "tooth and nail" to clear his name in his trial, which takes place on 9 July.

Ferdinand was understood to be contemplating snubbing the 31-year-old's handshake prior to the game and QPR boss Hughes wants to know the plans of his centre-back, and the rest of the Rangers team before the game.

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