Chelsea-QPR handshakes cancelled
The Premier League has announced there will be no pre-match handshakes at Sunday’s game between Chelsea and QPR because of the legal case involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.
Chelsea skipper Terry is accused of racially abusing QPR’s Ferdinand during a match at Loftus Road in October.
He denies the accusation but faces a court case, which starts on 9 July.
Ferdinand’s lawyers had told him not to shake Terry’s hand for fear that it could prejudice the forthcoming trial.
“The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent,” said a Premier League statement. “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.”
From BBC Sport