London clubs in talks over handshake
Chelsea and QPR are in talks over the handshake in their game at the weekend as John Terry and Anton Ferdinand could both start
QPR and Chelsea are in talks about how to handle the pre-match handshake at this weekend's west London derby, Press Association Sport understands.
The Barclays Premier League encounter is the first meeting between the clubs since John Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against the Hoops' Anton Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last October.
Terry, who remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over the charges that he denies, had been a doubt for the Loftus Road clash but is reportedly winning his battle with an ankle injury sustained on England duty.
Ferdinand is also recovering well after a shoulder injury, meaning the defenders are on course to meet for the first time since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.
The match could also involve Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole - another recovering from injury - following his appearance as a character witness for Terry.
Consequently, there has been speculation as to whether Ferdinand would shake some of his Chelsea counterparts' hands - a tradition that was abandoned in advance of the previous two encounters between the clubs.
Press Association Sport understands that the Hoops are liaising with Chelsea on how to approach Saturday's fixture and plan to make an announcement on the matter before Mark Hughes' pre-match press conference tomorrow afternoon.
Regardless of the tension, the Premier League has no plans to cancel the pre-match handshakes and Press Association Sport understands they expect them to go ahead.
It is understood that the body has not been involved in the ongoing talks between the clubs and does not expect to be approached about cancelling the handshake as there is no active legal case.
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more absolute bollxs, who ****..ing well cares, Ferdinand is a useless footballer and has a major problem
no one cares about him or his thick as sh..t brother. Get on with life, this whole pathetic senario is both tired and lame. Only the suits at the Premier League wan't to continue this saga to show how fair and clean they are. Oops what about all the shagging that went on, people in glass houses etc.The UK Courts found no case for John Terry that should have been the end of it. But no, the suits listen to the gross one, Garth Crooks and alike who all have one thing in common, and decide on a witch hunt on JT. give him a break. I have it on good authority that Roy Hodgson would take Terry back as England captain at the drop of a hat, leave it up to the manager, he picks the team let him pick the captain he wants.
I don't like JT but he was found not guilty so therefore is not a racist.
give him a break and both should grow up and shake hands as they are meant to be frigging role models to lots kid out there
You P R I C K JT was found not guilty in a court of law u T W A T