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Tensions Brewing Over QPR Vs Chelsea Pre-Match Handshake

Clubs in talks to find solution while Zamora claims he will shake John Terry’s hand.

Tensions are bubbling ahead of this Saturday’s Premier League West London derby between QPR and Chelsea at Loftus Road over the pre-match handshakes.

This fixture last season, which QPR won 1-0, saw the dispute between QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea’s John Terry which led to the trial of the former England and current Chelsea captain for the supposed use of a racial slur.

Despite Terry being cleared of the alleged abuse in court, the issue is rumbling on with the FA still investigating the charges which Terry denies and Ferdinand stating he will refuse to shake the player’s hand when they come face-to-face.

This fixture is the first time the clubs have met since Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur and the clubs are in-talks about how to handle the situation, with reports suggesting Ferdinand may also refuse to shake hands with Ashley Cole after the player came to the defence of Terry in the court case.

QPR and England forward Bobby Zamora, a long-time friend of Terry’s, has claimed that focus is not on the handshake but the football match, confirming that he will shake Terry’s hand, reports Sky Sports.

It is set to be a tense and intriguing spectacle, but hopes are that the game will be remembered for footballing reasons and not overshadowed by the pre-match formalities.


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