Updated: 14/09/2012 22:50 | By pa.press.net

Hughes: Players to decide on shake



QPR players will each decide whether to shake John Terry's hand

QPR players will each decide whether to shake John Terry's hand

Mark Hughes has instructed QPR's players to decide for themselves whether to shake John Terry's hand before Saturday's clash with Chelsea at Loftus Road.

The Premier League confirmed the pre-match ritual must take place, guaranteeing an uneasy build-up to the highly-charged west London derby. It will be the first time that Anton Ferdinand and Terry, who has recovered from his ankle injury, will have met on a football pitch since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.

Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against Ferdinand, following an incident in the corresponding fixture last October, but he remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over charges that he denies.

Ferdinand is expected to reject handshakes from Terry and Ashley Cole, who testified as a character witness for his England team-mate at the trial. How many players will emulate Ferdinand in a display of solidarity within QPR's squad is unknown and Hughes indicated they will make their own decision.

"We've had a discussion with the players but that's between myself and them. We don't have to broadcast that," said the QPR manager. "We'll have to wait and see (if Ferdinand shakes Terry's hand). Everybody has a mind of their own and will make a personal decision.

"It's unfortunate that they're in a situation where it's in the public domain. Anton is fine, there's no problem with him."

The rift between Ferdinand and Terry threatens to turn the handshake routine, introduced as part of the Football Association's Respect campaign, into a farce. Should several QPR players also snub Terry or Cole, or both, it could prove embarrassing for the Premier League, who made their decision 24 hours before kick-off.

A Premier League statement read: "There has been dialogue between the Premier League, Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea in relation to tomorrow's match between the two clubs.

"All parties understand and acknowledge that the pre-match handshake will go ahead as part of the normal pre-match activity."

Striker Bobby Zamora is one member of the home dressing room who will accept Terry's hand before the game. Zamora told The Sun: "I've known John Terry for years and he's a very good friend of mine. We grew up together and of course I'll shake his hand if he's playing. All this stuff happened a long time before I joined QPR."

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78Comments
14/09/2012 19:51
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I am sure JT will be absolutely distraught if a major icon like AF reuses to shake his hand...
14/09/2012 18:40
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If Ferdinand refuses the handshake, he should be charged by the FA with racial aggravation.
14/09/2012 20:04
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I thought the trial had a not guilty verdict.Too many people playing the race card these days.If somebody wants to call me a white bastard,it would not bother me at all.

When i worked at fords in Dagenham,i found the most racist were the blacks towards each other.

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Following the revelations this week about the hillsborough tragedy, i cannot believe that this petty `sticks and stones ` saga is still warranting media attention. There are far more important issues surrounding the game at the moment than childish behaviour  between immature, out of touch players.
14/09/2012 21:55
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time to put it behind them and get on with life
14/09/2012 22:06
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Why shake hands before when you're getting into match mode, why can't it be done at the end as a mark of respect for tho opposition?
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while we are on the subject of Hillsborough i think there should be a minutes SILENCE before each match on sat&sunday
14/09/2012 22:41
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everybody has a choice! if they want to shake hands, then shake hands! if not who cares anymore!!! its gone on way too long! people have booed rio and anton which in affect is wrong when nobody knows exactly what went on and same with terry! however theres no smoke without fire! i wish skysports and co would find better things to do than keep bringing this to everybodys attention and going on about it!
14/09/2012 21:58
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So, the FA say they have got to shake hands in their compulsory pre game ritual and Hughes has instructed his players to decide for themselves whether to shake hands or not. The FA are going up a blind alley when they start to dictate on anything and everything not related to football. Next they will decide on family planning for everyone and tell you who you should vote for and who you should love. Just how bloody ridiculous can these bloody fools get as if they can dictate on how anyone feels about anything. Really is time for them all to resign and start up a new religion or maybe become a Muslim.
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I would be dammed if I would shake Christopher Williams, hand, you would never know where it had been. J T, is no racist and he has been playing with black people all of his playing career without a complaint against him. J T, has many black mates, Bobby Zamora, is one of them and so is Didier Drogbha.
14/09/2012 22:06
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We should see who the racists are now.
14/09/2012 21:40
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fair play to ferdinand, hes put qpr on the map. as the song gos, " WE FORGOT THAT YOU EXIST"
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those running the premier league must be stupid, it is obvious to anyone with half a brain that there is going to be ill feeling. But if they both man-up and shake hands, even if it is only touching then surely everyone will be happy
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Amazing isn't it? Footballers can assault each other on the pitch with crunching tackles, punch each other in the face, even feign injuries to cheat and get  players sent off and it is all forgotten, but call somebody with a 'racial' term and they go crying to mummy. Well footballers, stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. Get over it and get back to assaulting your fellow footballers. This continued animosity is just making you look ridiculous.
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quite agree with tery sanchez, this is like a couple of schoolboys throwing their dummies out compared to the Hilsborough inquiry, someone should bang their stupid heads together HARD
15/09/2012 01:10
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Why are posters saying they should BOTH stop acting so childish. I haven't read anything that suggests JT will not shake Ferdinands hand. It's Ferdinand and his soppy older brother that is keeping this alive. Like I said previously. If Anton and his chums bring the game into disrepute by breaking the FA rules they should be red carded before the game. Then Hughes cavalier attitude toward the hand shaking (it's up to the individual)  will change pretty quickly.
14/09/2012 21:43
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DONT SEE WHY THEY DONT HAVE A STRAIGHTENER AND FORGET ALL ABOUT IT. 
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Does anyone really care any more ,in fact did anyone really care when it hapened ,its blown up by the press who again are trying to stir things up once more,for gods sake Ferd and Terry just shake hands and get on with your lives,this is so irritating .
15/09/2012 05:34
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It makes a mockery of the whole handshake business. Hughes as a manager is acting disgracefully. I think the whole handshake business should be shelved as it really is a two faced gesture. Once on the pitch many players dive and cheat and do their best to get players sent off. Its a farce quite frankly from the top down.
14/09/2012 19:37
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I'd rather shake the hand of a leper than the likes of that Anton shister.
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