No Chelsea-QPR handshake

Chelsea and QPR players will not go through the usual pre-match ritual of shaking hands before their Premier League game on Sunday, due to legal proceedings.

John Terry is due to stand in court for reportedly racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in the reverse fixture between the sides at Loftus Road, which ended in a 1-0 win for the hosts.

With a disdain between the players and clubs still apparent, the Premier League have backed the continued ritual of the handshake, but waived it in this case.

“The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent,” a statement published on Sky Sports reads.

“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.”

By Gareth McKnight

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