Anton Ferdinand refuses to shake hands with John Terry
Anton Ferdinand has refused to shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole ahead of the match at Loftus Road.
Blues captain Terry was cleared of racially abusing Ferdinand in a criminal trial earlier in the summer but he is still contesting a Football Association charge over the matter. Cole gave evidence in support of his teammate sparking an angry response from Anton's brother Rio.
Earlier, Roberto Di Matteo insisted Terry would not be put off by the tension around the fixture.
Terry was booed at the pre-match warm-up when he posed for pictures with the QPR mascot.
Manager Di Matteo said: "As a human being there are certain aspects of life that will faze you. But, if you look at his career, he's always got on with it."
He continued: "He's a confident player. I played with some great players in my career. There were certain players who were very, very confident."
He added: "To be able to survive for so many years at the top level in football, at club and international level, you need to be mentally strong. That goes for all the players who have had that kind of career, not just JT."
Terry's desperation to play has been compared to that ahead of January's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Loftus Road, which saw him aggravate a knee injury, sidelining him for several weeks. There is a sense of deja vu about the Barclays Premier League clash, with Terry coming into the game having only just shaken off an ankle problem.
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personally any 1 who plays football are no role models as all they do is sleep around or be racist to each other, to me the people who fight and die for our country and get hardly anything are our hero's and role models, footballers get paid far to much for just kicking a ball in the net sorry if not all of you agree but football is all about money now none of them play from the heart anymore, i'd rather watch olympics and Paralympics over football any day now that's something to be proud of,
This is Anton Ferdinand, the brother of Rio Ferdinand? The same Rio Ferdinand who threw all his toys out of his pram, sulked like a badly behaved child & refused to take a drugs test that the FA requires all football players to take??!!
Come on - look at the bigger picture - haven't we just hosted a glorious Olympic & Paralympics Games? Where we met amazing athletes like Mo Farrah & David Weir? Mo is Somalian born & spoke no English when he started school here, for which he was mercilessly bullied. He won us two Gold Medals. David was born disabled with a spinal condition - he has never walked in his life. He won us four Gold medals.
Compare those two amazing men with these over-paid, over egoed, under-achieving footballers - Isnt' it about time they grew-up?? When they have won as many world cups as Team GB won Gold Medals, then we may just start caring whose hand they shake this week??!!
The Olympians and Paraolympians have shown us what true effort over many years, the development of skills and endurance, can produce. How many years have I listened to managers and commentators accepting that our Premier players cannot match the skills of those from so many countries - despite being the highest paid.
I have watched matches played this season.
They are over-paid, over-valued, and severely lacking in skills - the only way it will change is if the paying public, who give so generously to their life-style, stop doing so.
Take the family out instead.
I just can't understand why they just don't get on with playing football and stop whimpering like spoilt brats, although most of the are. They all believe they are something special they kick a bag of wind about want to know whats special the brave men who go out and risk life and limb to protect pratts like them. Get a life you football divas and grow up.
Thomas M Byrne
Anton Ferdinand is doing nothing but bringing the game into disrepute by not shaking the hand of Terry, and failing to shake Ashleys Hand is nothing but disrespectful.
And all this coming from the brother of a footballer who failed to attend a Drugs Test, because he, in his own words "FORGOT", who is also the same player who lambasted a fellow pro whoi's name had been dragged through the mud, when he didn't shake the hand of a footballer who had done the dragging.
I don't know a man is found NOT GUILTY and another man is found guilty ON PROBABILITY, and Rio has a different view on both.
PROBABILITY is no more guilty than NOT GUILTY.
Anton & his brother should both move on, before they ruin their own name.
FERDINAND used to be a name in football, that was held so high, he was one of our best CB's and Anton was also looking like a future star, now both look like spoilt prats using twitter to send their "Poor me" messages, if they're not careful, they'll end up like Joey Barton.