Terry snubs FA chairman handshake
Updated: Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 11:11
John Terry's simmering resentment towards the Football Association surfaced again yesterday.
The Chelsea captain snubbed the governing body's chairman David Bernstein's attempt to shake hands at yesterday's Champions League trophy handover.
Bernstein shook hands with members of a group of Chelsea players at the handover ceremony in the Banqueting House on Whitehall in London, including Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and Petr Cech, but Terry kept his hands firmly by his sides.
The Chelsea captain later confirmed he had rejected Bernstein's attempt to shake hands.
Bernstein was the man who stripped Terry of the England captaincy after he was charged with racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.
Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand, but was charged by the FA and banned for four matches.
"It's probably a subject that we should maybe just avoid" - John Terry
The Chelsea defender remains unhappy with Bernstein's role in the case.
Terry told Sky Sports News: "Listen, it's a difficult one for me. Obviously, he was the one who spoke about me in the court case and said things. I don't want to talk on air. It's probably a subject that we should maybe just avoid."
Asked if he shook Bernstein's hand, Terry replied: "No."
Terry's comments have left the FA confused as Bernstein did not appear in the court case or the disciplinary hearing, though he did play the lead role in stripping him of the England captaincy.
The FA chairman himself insisted he was unaware of the Chelsea player's snub.
"I didn't notice anything," said Bernstein, who will stand down from his role in July.
"My relationships with everyone here are really fantastic. I didn't notice a thing and I think we should talk about more positive things than that sort of nonsense."
Asked about his relationship with Terry, Bernstein admitted they were "a little distant" but seemed cool on making any attempt to build bridges when asked if there was any hope of reconciliation.
"I don't know," he said. "I'm not really terribly concerned. "I have other things to think about. In my last three months, I have other priorities."
Terry was stripped of the England captaincy by the FA in February last year.
Bernstein advised Terry he had been removed as captain during a phone call after it had been confirmed the Chelsea defender would stand trial in July last year.
Although Terry was cleared at Westminster Magistrates' Court of making a racist insult to Ferdinand, he was charged by the FA over the incident and banned for four matches in October.
In September, just before his disciplinary hearing started, he quit international football and accused the FA of making his position "untenable".